SiSoft Announces Multiple Design Kits for Quantum Channel Designer


SiSoft Announces Multiple Design Kits for Quantum Channel Designer (QCD) Serial Link Analysis Software Enabling Simulation Speeds 1000 Times Faster than Traditional Simulation Methodologies

Santa Clara, CA – February 3, 2010 - Signal Integrity Software, Inc. (SiSoft™) today announced that over 20 different Quantum Channel Designer(QCD) Design Kits are available for immediate delivery from multiple IP and semiconductor vendors including Xilinx, IBM, LSI Logic and Synopsys. QCD Design Kits let designers optimize serial link designs for cost and performance by quickly and accurately simulating how their high-speed interconnect will interact with specific semiconductor vendors’ SerDes transceivers. QCD Design Kits combine validated, compliant IBIS-AMI SerDes simulation models with a superior use model that lets designers quickly ‘drop-in’ their channel topologies and run simulations to determine their proposed design’s operating voltage and timing margins. QCD Design Kits are currently available for devices running at speeds up to 15 Gbps, with kits supporting speeds up to 25 Gbps in development.

“We have worked closely with SiSoft to develop and correlate our IBIS-AMI models to reference simulations and hardware,” said Anthony Torza, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Xilinx. “These IBIS-AMI models provide customers with accurate simulation results at speeds more than 100 to 1,000 times faster than traditional simulation methodologies.”

A QCD Design Kit is currently in development for Synopsys' DesignWare PHY IP for PCI Express 3.0 (Gen. 3). "We've worked with SiSoft to create IBIS-AMI models across our SerDes based PHY's in IBM technologies," stated Navraj Nandra, Director of Marketing, Analog/Mixed Signal IP. "SiSoft has demonstrated continued leadership in SerDes modeling by first driving the development of the IBIS-AMI standard and then becoming the leading provider of IBIS-AMI model development, correlation and validation services."

SiSoft will be demonstrating correlation with IC Vendors’ internal simulation tools and measured lab data on the show floor at DesignCon, and will be co-presenting a paper with IBM detailing the process of developing and correlating IBM’s IBIS-AMI models. Exhibition hours are from 12:30PM to 6:30PM on both Tuesday and Wednesday, February 2-3.
The IBIS Algorithmic Modeling Interface (IBIS-AMI) is a modeling standard for SerDes transceivers that enables fast, accurate, statistically significant simulation of multi-gigabit serial links. IBIS-AMI was developed by a consortium of EDA, Semiconductor and Systems companies and was approved as part of the IBIS 5.0 Specification in August 2008.
SiSoft has been a driving force in IBIS-AMI since its inception in 2006. Unique SiSoft contributions to IBIS-AMI include:
  • First public simulation toolkit & reference models
  • First IBIS-AMI models developed & delivered under contract
  • First to publish IBIS-AMI performance & correlation data
  • First commercial release of a fully IBIS-AMI compliant channel simulator
  • First to support both Statistical & Time-Domain simulation using IBIS-AMI models
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About SiSoft™
SiSoft™ provides award-winning EDA simulation software, methodology training and consulting services for system-level high-speed design. Quantum Channel Designer™ is the Industry’s Premier Channel Simulator for the design and analysis of multi-Gigabit serial links and a DesignVision 2009 Award Winner. Quantum-SI™ is the leading solution for integrated signal integrity, timing and crosstalk analysis of high-speed parallel interfaces. SiSoft’s software products automate comprehensive pre- and post-route analysis of high speed interfaces, detailing a design’s operating voltage and timing margins. Design Space Exploration lets designers explore hundreds of design tradeoffs automatically, quickly optimizing designs for cost, reliability and performance.

SiSoft’s staff of recognized industry experts keeps SiSoft’s products at the forefront of high-speed design by using them every day to perform state-of-the-art design and analysis. SiSoft provides a full range of model development, design analysis and methodology training services. SiSoft’s consultants can analyze your high-speed design for you, or provide the tools and training you need to perform high-speed design analysis in-house.

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