Sigrity, Inc., known for its power integrity and signal integrity software solutions for integrated circuits, IC packages and printed circuit boards (PCBs), announced OptimizePI – a next-generation Power Delivery System (PDS) solution that is the first to provide minimum-cost decoupling capacitor (decap) selection and placement to achieve desired PDS performance.
This new solution is based on Sigrity’s analysis and verification capabilities for the entire PCB and IC package structure. It lets designers assess PDS performance against design specifications, make interactive “what if” decap placement and selection investigations, minimize decap cost for specified PDS performance, and judge performance vs. lowest-cost tradeoffs. The first-ever solution to include these capabilities, OptimizePI helps to eliminate unnecessary costs associated with the common PDS practice of over-design.
OptimizePI considers both component and manufacturing costs during its automated selection and placement of decoupling capacitors. Its use results in significant cost savings, both through component count reduction and selection of lower-cost capacitors, with no degradation of PDS performance. Decap cost savings of 50 percent have been observed. Using OptimizePI, designers can recapture PCB or IC package area for unnecessarily placed decap pads and vias. The availability of this newly unused area enables them to meet overall product size constraints, more effectively perform escape routing and, potentially, reduce the number of layers in the PCB stack-up to achieve additional cost savings.
According to Jiayuan Fang, president of Sigrity, “Our customers tell us that, until now, power integrity tools did not explicitly consider design cost or optimization, forcing them to ‘best guess’ decap placement in their designs, or resort to over-designing. OptimizePI relieves them of this burden and the costs of unnecessarily robust performance. It helps them make effective business-level decisions and results in significant cost savings for their companies.”
OptimizePI completely automates the application of Sigrity’s most advanced power integrity analysis algorithms, and requires no special expertise. It can be used by any PDS designer for new designs, and by manufacturing engineers for existing products. Equally effective for performance-driven and cost-driven product designs, OptimizePI provides a set of minimum-cost decap design alternatives across a range of PDS performance. This data enables designers to quickly recognize and avoid regions of diminishing returns for cost or performance.
Fang added, “OptimizePI revolutionizes Power Integrity design. It is the first commercially available solution to provide minimal cost PDS designs that also assure high performance. The days of post-production trial and error decap tweaking are over, replaced by a future of performance vs. minimum-cost decisions enabled by OptimizePI.”
Pricing and Availability
OptimizePI will be available in June of this year, priced from $35,000 USD for an annual license. Sigrity also will demonstrate OptimizePI on March 27-28 in Booth #213 at the PCB Design Conference West, Santa Clara, Calif. Convention Center.
Sigrity, Inc., a privately held U.S. company incorporated in 1998, delivers advanced software solutions for package physical design and for analyzing power and signal integrity in chips, packages and printed circuit boards. Sigrity’s patented electrical analysis methodologies run orders of magnitude faster than general-purpose electromagnetic tools. More than 130 leading companies in the semiconductor, computer, graphics, communications and networking industries use Sigrity products to achieve high performance and reduce time to market. Sigrity is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with a direct sales force and representatives worldwide.
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