New and updated features in Model Quality Assurance (MQA) 2013.01
- Integrated Modeling Data Flow — ensures fully integrated modeling data flow across Keysight’s device modeling platform
- GoldenGate Support — supports the major analyses in GoldenGate
- FineSim Support — supports the major analyses in FineSim
- Rule-level Parallelism — dramatically speeds up the model QA process
- Cross-version Simulator Benchmarking – enables performing model QA across different versions of a simulator
Introducing MQA 2013.01
MQA 2013.01 introduces a number of new features and major enhancements to the MQA Platform. As the industry standard SPICE model signoff and acceptance platform, MQA 2013.01 ensures modeling engineers deliver higher-quality models with better efficiency.
Integrated Modeling Data Flow
Keysight offers end-to-end turn-key device modeling flow from measurement, model extraction to model validation. MQA 2013.01 supports IC-CAP/WaferPro IV, CV, and S-parameter data files (MDM files) natively for all kinds of device types without explicit data conversion. In addition, MQA 2013.01 also enables users to query measurement data stored in IC-CAP SQL/SQLite databases and load them directly for measurement QA and model qualification.
Figure 1. Integrated Modeling Data Flow.
GoldenGate RFIC simulation and analysis software is an advanced simulation and analysis solution for integrated, mixed-signal RFIC designs. MQA 2013.01 supports the major analyses (DC, AC, flicker noise and thermal noise) which are commonly used for benchmark test.
FineSim™, a simulator which is owned by Synopsys, is a high-performance circuit simulator with built-in full SPICE and FastSPICE simulation engines. MQA 2013.01 supports the major analyses (DC, AC and transient) which are commonly used for benchmark test.
There are a total of three different level parallelisms in MQA. In previous versions of MQA, two of them were supported:
- Simulator level parallelism - enables users to submit multiple netlists in parallel for simulation as long as there are enough simulator licenses available.
- Project level parallelism - enables users to run multiple projects in parallel in either GUI or batch mode.
Now in MQA 2013.01, rule-level parallelism is also supported. Rule-level parallelism enables users to submit netlists from different rules in parallel for simulation. By enabling all three of these parallelisms, users will have more flexibility to make use of their hardware and license resources, thus making the tedious, model QA work more efficient.
Cross-version Simulator Benchmarking
Design house and foundry users often need to qualify new versions of a simulator through cross-version regression tests. MQA 2013.01 can readily enable such a request so as to realize a fully automated simulator qualification process. Now in MQA, uses can perform automated benchmarking tests between different simulators, different model files, and different versions of a simulator.
MQA 2013.01 Licensing
MQA 2013.01 users will need to apply for a new license file if they want to upgrade from their existing version of MQA.
As previously announced, the Solaris (SUN OS) platform support has been discontinued and MQA 2013.01 is only supported on the LINUX Red Hat and Windows® operating systems.
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