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  • From SPICE Netlist back to Schematics at DAC

    I first heard about SPICE Vision Pro when working at Mentor Graphics where we needed a way to visualize SPICE netlists and debug SPICE simulation results node by node on a design where we didn't have the original schematics. Last Monday I met the engineers from Concept Engineering in their booth at DAC to get an update, Gerhard Angst is the CEO.

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    Q: What's new this year?
    A: New - support for Spectre in SPICE Vision, improved support for subcircuits.

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    Company size - about the same size. New customers, Tabula (3D PLD).


    Last year - integrated waveform viewer.


    Platforms - SOlaris, HP, IBM, Windows, Linux (80% of users).


    NLVIEW - new block layout (CAD departments, OEM customers) for system level designers.


    DAC -still the biggest trade show of the year (also DATE and smaller shows, Israel, etc.)


    SPICE Webinars - very popular way to learn about the technology. http://www.concept.de/SpiceVision.html, June 19th 10AM PDT


    3rd party programs - Cadence Connections.


    4 to 5 years ago did schematic conversion into Spectre (SPICE in, Schematics out).


    We can also export to Tanner EDA (S-Edit, customer driven) tools now.

    Summary
    I've used SPICE Vision Pro and it saved me valuable hours of debug time by showing me the transistor-level schematic graphically, based on just a SPICE netlist input. If you need to debug transistor-level designs in a circuit simulator and don't have access to the original schematics then save yourself some time and evaluate Spice Vision Pro, or attend a webinar on June 19 to see if this is the right tool for you.




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