Cadence & MathWorks accelerate data mining and analytics for circuit design

Cadence & MathWorks accelerate data mining and analytics for circuit design

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By Graham Prophet

A new integration between the Cadence Virtuoso Analog Design Environment (ADE) Product Suite and MATLAB allows users to accelerate processing of large data sets when verifying custom, RF and mixed-signal designs. With this integration, designers can take advantage of existing MATLAB scripts and seamlessly share data between the Virtuoso and MATLAB platforms, allowing for data mining and efficient analysis in either platform. This improved connection is intended to decrease time to market when compared to traditional methods.


By working together, and with customers, Cadence and MathWorks created a tight integration between the Virtuoso ADE and MATLAB tools to offer IC designers several benefits. Using MATLAB’s toolboxes and language, designers can create and solve complex data calculations that would have previously taken hours to solve using expert coding knowledge and low-level APIs. Now, this data analysis can be performed in either tool, or split between the two, allowing customers to pick the most efficient manner to get the calculations and answers.


The collaboration allows users of the Virtuoso ADE product suite and the Cadence Spectre Circuit Simulator to utilize MATLAB scripts to analyze specialized RF-based measurements. These scripts have been refined over the past decade, and can be used for post-simulation data mining and creating complex analysis plots, such as constellation plots, for detecting poor signal quality after demodulation in communications systems.


“For 15 years, Cadence’s Virtuoso and MATLAB from MathWorks have been our tools of choice for automotive ASIC sensor development,” said Jamie Haas, director of Design Engineering, Advanced Sensor Technologies, at Allegro Microsystems. “Now that the MATLAB and Virtuoso platforms are inherently compatible, we can easily move between environments and utilize the powerful capabilities of each solution. With ever-increasing product complexity and aggressive schedules, the integration enables thorough verification in the analog domain so that we can meet our time-sensitive deadlines.”







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