Pulsic unveils Animate Preview for analogue circuits designers

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Pulsic, a provider of custom physical design tools for precision automation of analogue/mixed-signal designs, has announced Animate Preview, a new product for analogue circuit engineers.

Animate Preview has been designed to give engineers quick, easy and accurate physical information about their analogue circuit while they develop their schematic.

It delivers detailed visualizations and accurate area estimations of the circuit to help designers quickly spot problems. Animate Preview speeds design iterations by giving instant feedback on design decisions and eliminates the wait for layout teams, often working on multiple competing projects, to find the time to create an initial layout.

In a radical departure from the traditional Electronic Design Automation (EDA) business and licensing models, Pulsic said that it would be releasing Animate Preview as a freemium product. Animate Preview is available now for complimentary download and installation. Online help desk and live chat support services are also available with the Animate Preview download.

Animate Preview works while designers edit the circuit schematic, automatically keeping them up to date with any changes. Physical previews are generated when a schematic is loaded and each time the schematic is updated. Animate Preview is able to automatically recognise common analogue circuit topologies, e.g. current mirrors and differential pairs etc., and then intelligently place devices to achieve matching symmetry and optimal flow of the critical paths in the circuit. Animate Preview obeys DRC and process rules to provide early and accurate physical previews of a design.

Accordingly, physical information that would normally have taken hours or days to generate is now automatically available to circuit engineers in seconds.

The Animate Preview window is embedded in an existing schematic editor and displays results and updated previews as the engineer works in real time. A fully featured GUI is available for detailed control of placement constraints and topologies if required.