Cadence PSpice Advanced Analysis brings high-end design capability to the analog engineer (Cadence)

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SAN JOSE, Calif., - June 4, 2001 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CDN), the world’s leading supplier of electronic design products and services, today announced the PSpice®Advanced Analysis solution that uniquely enables analog/mixed-signal circuit engineers to employ sophisticated design methodologies on the Windows NT and 2000 platforms. The most comprehensive analysis solution to address the mainstream printed circuit board (PCB) design market, the new product allows users to optimize performance and improve quality of designs before committing them to hardware. Until now, comprehensive advanced analysis capabilities have been available only in the very high-end products, such as the Analog Workbench from Cadence, said Jamie Metcalfe, vice president of marketing for the PCB Systems Division of Cadence. The new PSpice Advanced Analysis solution brings these capabilities to the cost-conscious mainstream designer, enabling tremendous efficiencies and product improvements.

The PSpice Advanced Analysis option provides integration with Cadence’s Concept® HDL and Orcad Capture® industry-standard PCB design capture tools. The new product will prove especially valuable to designers of components for large-volume consumer products such as audio/video equipment and power supplies.

Systems with higher reliability requirements such as those in test instrumentation, industrial controls, and aerospace products will also greatly benefit from the Advanced Analysis solution.

In analog circuit design there is a phase when the design topology and the specifications are known but the final component values have not yet been determined. The PSpice Advanced Analysis solution enables engineers to pick up the design at that point and take it to the next level. It helps tune the design so it meets specifications and allows the designer to evaluate and improve design robustness and manufacturing yield.

The new advanced analysis feature of PSpice gives me the capability to quickly optimize my amplifier or filter designs in either the time or frequency domain, said Ruben Aguila, staff engineer and analog designer at Litton Advanced System, Inc. As a result, the time expended to improve a design has been decreased by up to 50 percent. Several critical parameters can be automatically adjusted to have the design converge on specification requirements. This is ideal for designs that do not lend themselves easily to breadboarding.

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