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Keysight licenses power software to Altium for PCB design

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By Nick Flaherty


Keysight Technologies has licensed its electromagnetic simulation technology to Altium for a PCB power analysis tool.

The deal aims to help hardware engineers who are not power integrity expert design more reliable PCBs.

Reliable power distribution is a pervasive problem facing PCB designers. As chips move to lower supply voltages for increased power efficiency, it becomes difficult to design a PCB power plane within shrinking tolerance limits.

Designers typically build several iterations of prototypes or submit their designs to power integrity specialists, and this prevents rapid design turnaround. Helping PCB designers find and fix problems before first prototype means they can achieve higher productivity, faster time-to-market, and greater predictability in the design process.

The Power Analyzer tool is the first result of the strategic partnership between Altium and Keysight, providing interactive analysis of power integrity issues.

Altium integrated Keysight’s EM simulation technology with its modern graphical user interface to make power analysis fast, accurate, and easy to run. PCB designers using Power Analyzer gain insight into their power plane performance through analysis of voltage drop and current density from within their PCB layout environment.

“Our broad installed base of PCB designers faces growing power analysis challenges as designs become denser and more complex. Customers want a product that allows them to gain early visibility into power integrity issues and avoid the pain of prototype re-spins late in the design cycle,” said Tom Bastanza, Senior Sales Director at Altium.

“Power Analyzer saves time by identifying problem areas leveraging Keysight’s simulation and analysis expertise. It eliminates the need to hand over designs to a specialist for power distribution network validation because it empowers hardware engineers to see and remedy the problems for themselves right in their trusted Altium PCB layout environment,” he said.

Niels Faché, Vice President and General Manager of PathWave Software Solutions at Keysight said: “This technology integration partnership is about democratizing simulation technology and digitally transforming the workflow for a large hardware engineering audience. It gives designers easy access to proven simulation algorithms that identify critical power distribution network issues early in the design process. Power Analyzer puts Keysight’s simulation directly into the hands of PCB designers to enable intelligent tradeoffs as well as faster development cycles.”

www.keysight.com; www.altium.com

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