Lynguent®, Inc., a privately-funded start-up, announced its first product, ModLyngTM Integrated Modeling Environment. ModLyng is the industry’s first tool for analog/mixed-signal (AMS) integrated circuit (IC) design that incorporates an easy-to-use graphical user interface, is language- and platform-independent, and removes significant barriers to the re-use of models. ModLyng helps semiconductor and systems companies save weeks in development time. This can improve a company’s bottom-line by hundreds of thousands of dollars per design project.
The AMS Development Bottleneck
Nanometer IC designs, whether digital, analog, or mixed-signal, are affected by certain factors that can degrade product performance and yield. Because an increasing amount of the electronics is devoted to AMS functionality, engineers need to create models of these functions at various levels of abstraction to help speed the simulation and validation processes. Today, AMS models are developed with hardware description language (HDL)-dependent tools that come with proprietary electronic design automation (EDA) platforms. This limits productivity and impedes the re-use of models in other designs using different HDLs.
The Lynguent ModLyng Environment Provides a Superior Alternative
With Lynguent’s new ModLyng environment, engineers can create, maintain, debug, and translate their AMS models faster than ever before. And, they can re-use the models in other designs, across a number of target HDLs. ModLyng does this through an easy-to-use graphical user interface that is independent of, yet compatible with, proprietary simulation environments and HDLs. ModLyng imports the model code, automatically creating a topological view of the model and interpreting the electrical equations and statements in the body of the model. Engineers can augment and extend their models with new equations or icons representing pre-configured behaviors. ModLyng also populates a table with all of the ports and parameters in the model and generates a symbol representing the model so that it may be used inside other models. Alternatively, engineers can create new models with ModLyng, which is especially important in developing behavioral model blocks for speeding design simulation and validation. The models may be exported to the same language in which it was written or automatically translated to another language.
ModLyng also features unique analysis and debug capabilities. Using the tools in the ModLyng environment, ports, parameters, equations, statements, and topologies are all easily manipulated and checked. For example, ModLyng’s Graph tool makes it easy to find discontinuities in model code.
The ModLyng environment can be used whether the AMS technology is part of an IC’s external functionality (e.g., systems-on-chip [SoCs], analog-digital converters, or amplifiers), or is embedded in the IC’s underlying technology (e.g., the semiconductor models used in all modern IC design processes).
ModLyng is intended for use by AMS design teams in semiconductor and electronic systems companies worldwide including:
- Design engineers who are implementing AMS functionality to quickly build behavioral models of portions of their designs to accelerate simulation and validation
- Semiconductor device modeling engineers who want to augment or debug existing semiconductor device models
- IC signal integrity engineers who create models of a chip’s input/output (I/O) behavior for their customers to use in board-level simulations
- Third-party developers of analog intellectual property (IP)
- Librarians at IC or application-specific IC (ASIC) companies to develop and maintain libraries of modeled AMS components
“ModLyng is the first product that combines, in a language-independent graphical environment, a fundamental understanding of analog design technologies and modern software development methodologies,” said Dr. Martin Vlach, Lynguent CEO and co-founder. “ModLyng’s graphical tools for presentation and analysis work very well for even the most complex analog and mixed-signal models. Companies in the transportation, medical electronics, consumer electronics, and telecom/datacom industries have expressed interest in ModLyng. With AMS design being a major bottleneck in the overall electronics design process, these people are looking for solutions, and we know we have a great one.”
Privately-funded Lynguent is focused on accelerating the IC analog and analog/mixed signal modeling and validation processes. The company is headquartered in Portland, Ore. and has research and development centers in Fayetteville, Ark., and Prague, Czech Republic. In 2006, Lynguent was awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant by NASA to develop and commercialize AMS modeling technology. Additional grants are pending.
The company is staffed by electronics industry veterans including founders Dr. Martin Vlach, CEO and a founder of industry pioneer, Analogy, Inc., and Dr. Alan Mantooth, chief scientist, who is also the University of Arkansas 21st Century Chair in Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Design and Computer-Aided Design. Recently, Jim Holmes, a veteran of Texas Instruments and a well-respected modeling expert, joined Lynguent as vice-president of research and applications consulting. The Lynguent team has outstanding expertise that enables it to deliver technology to minimize the bottlenecks in today’s AMS development processes.
Availability and Pricing
The ModLyng Integrated Modeling Environment will be available in September 2006 for Linux (Red Hat Enterprise Version ES) and Windows 2000/XP. The initial configuration of the product will list at $35,000 U.S. per seat for a one year subscription license. Lynguent will be demonstrating ModLyng in Booth 2214 at the Design Automation Conference, San Francisco, Calif., July 24 – 27, 2006.
Founded in 2001, Lynguent, Inc., a privately held company headquartered in Portland, Ore., supplies integrated analog and mixed-signal (AMS) design development products to the global semiconductor and electronics industries. Customers use Lynguent tools and services to create, maintain, reuse, debug, and validate AMS models and related technology to accelerate time-to-market for a wide range of state-of-the-art ICs and electronic systems.
Lynguent, Inc. is a registered trademark and the Lynguent logo and ModLyng are trademarks of Lynguent, Inc.