Voltus-XFi Custom Power Integrity Solution

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Cadence Design Systems has introduced the Voltus-XFi Custom Power Integrity Solution, a custom electromigration and IR drop (EM-IR) solution that enables the development of efficient, low-power ICs.

Integrated into the Cadence Quantus, Virtuoso and Spectre platforms, customers using the Voltus-XFi can expect to see a 3X productivity improvement versus existing solutions.

The Voltus-XFi solution allows customers to extract, simulate, analyse and debug IC designs. Utilising foundry-recommended settings, the consolidated EM-IR cockpit offers customers a workflow from the Quantus Extraction Solution to Spectre EM-IR simulation to the Virtuoso environment. The Voltus-XFi solution’s intuitive EM-IR results browser allows customers to view violations, zoom into interesting areas and overlay results in the Virtuoso platform, enabling easy identification and violation fixing.

Through integration with Cadence’s Voltus IC Power Integrity Solution, customers using the solution have access to a seamless flow for full-chip signoff verification. The patented voltage-based method provides a smaller memory footprint and runs faster than the industry's traditional current-based method. An easy-to-use option, it automatically balances accuracy and performance trade-offs based on user specifications. Additionally, a distributed process is supported to further improve runtime performance.

“Cadence is enabling sustainable electronics by reducing semiconductor power consumption,” said Tom Beckley, senior vice president and general manager of the Custom IC and PCB Group at Cadence. “To ensure our customers can push the boundaries of low-power design, we are developing fast and accurate power analysis tools, such as our new Voltus-XFi solution that enables new and revolutionary capabilities for power reduction. Developing low-power designs is critical so Cadence will continue to develop groundbreaking technologies that improve people’s lives.”