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Discover how the Digital Twin is changing the game of PCB Design and Simulation

A new approach to PCB Simulation Software

Increasing performance requirements coupled with pressure to improve product quality are driving engineering teams to consider alternatives to their current simulation approach. Best-practice design processes validate the Digital Twin (a model of your design) early and often to minimize re-spins and actually shorten the overall design cycle. This ‘Shift Left’ approach enables design engineers and layout designers to validate within their native environment. With the help of PCB Simulation Software, they can minimize the bottleneck waiting for specialist reviews, and free the specialists to resolve the remaining critical issues.

The challenges to be faced with PCB Simulation Software

Recent research shows that 58% of all new product design projects incur added costs and time delays. And 75% is worst-case – projects can get canceled for lots of reasons, including delays or loss of resources to more critical (and late) projects. Having 2 to 4 re-spins per project is considered normal, but other studies have demonstrated how the cost to extract defects found during the design process increases rapidly along that process. Traditional processes leave Simulation for the prototype lab, trying to catch a problem they’ve been having in prototype or full production. But this approach often requires tool and discipline specialists operating hard-to-use, non-integrated tools. But design processes that depend on specialists for Simulation are rather inefficient.

And while product and design complexity increases, it should be no surprise that associated tool and process complexity also tends to increase. First off, tool complexity and usability typically scale with the complexity of the models you’ll need to validate your design. Furthermore, the tools used for Simulation are often uniquely focused on one problem, and not integrated, forcing users to learn multiple tools and often stitch the results together by hand. And finally, due to tool complexity, and inherent complexity of the problem to be solved, companies often use Simulation specialists.

The Siemens way for timely product launch

Siemens is the most authoritative representative of the new approach to PCB Simulation Software. We can summarize this approach into three points:

  • Improve design quality by integrating Simulation throughout the design process
  • Find problems earlier by automating “best practice” design reviews
  • Minimize dependency on specialists by moving 1st order Simulation to design engineering

The impact of Extensive PCB Simulation

Extensive PCB Simulation pays off. A study has demonstrated that those that have deployed simulation across their design processes cancel fewer projects, miss fewer design releases, and experience less design ‘churn.’ There is a 14% increase in the number of projects released on time between widespread and limited use (47%-> 61%).

There is more time for design. Those that have deployed simulation more extensively spend more time in detailed design and deliver their projects on time more frequently. From a quality of design perspective, spending time in the design stage is better than time spent in the testing phase (where you’re inefficiently poking around for unknown problems), as long as the design is validated to the same degree. Findings show that for widespread use the analysis is more efficient, and coverage is greater.

The impact of Extensive PCB Simulation

Impact of Extensive PCB Simulation

Which is the best Software for PCB Simulation?

Many kinds of Simulations must be carried out during the design process, from Schematic Verification to Signal and Power Integrity, from Thermal Simulation to Design for Manufacturing (DFM). We think that the best solution is to work in an integrated design and Simulation environment where the designer can switch from one tool to another. And where data can move in a seamless way along with the entire design flow and go further, until the shopfloor of Manufacturing PCB Assembly, and even further, during the lifetime of the product, with PLM solutions. Only Siemens offers this integrated environment. This facilitates the job of the designer, ensures the quality of the product, and improves its competitiveness.

The HyperLynx family is an important component of such an environment. This suite is the most complete offering in the market for PCB Simulation. Many things of Signal Integrity when they hear of HyperLynx, but the HyperLynx products cover more than just this area of design. You can address multiple design areas through virtual prototyping with the HyperLynx product line. This approach enables designers to more efficiently adopt new technologies with shorter tool learning curves and require fewer Application Engineers and support time. The goal is to enable all engineers to perform analysis, not just the expert.

The HyperLynx family includes Signal IntegrityPower Integrity3D Electromagnetic Modeling, and Electrical Rule Checking for high-speed digital designs. Explore this website to find useful resources for your job and information for supporting your purchasing decisions, or contact an expert directly to explain your needs.

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