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Moss Bay EDA, Intercept unleash low-cost EMC sol'n

Posted: 04 Feb 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:EMC  SI design  electromagnetic compatibility 

Intercept Technology has joined forces with Moss Bay EDA to release what they say is a low cost electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) solution. According to them, the software solution pairs the EMSAT post-layout EMC and SI design rule checkers, developed by IBM and sold through Moss Bay EDA, with a customized Pantheon EMSAT Viewer that displays each violation on the board in real-time.

EMSAT has several options for user flows from any layout software environment by using Intercept's numerous database translators. EMSAT customers can use a DSN file output to analyze a layout for EMC or SI errors. Pantheon reads the error file from EMSAT, then displays the list of errors in a custom EMSAT Viewer dialog for real-time viewing. The major advantage of this product offering is that it allows all layout software environments access to the lower cost EMSAT software.

The EMSAT EMC and SI software solutions provide a low cost, post-layout option that checks for the common violation types in a layout that lead to EMC or SI degradation. These rule types can be tailored to each design. Rule checking is accomplished by first reading in one of the following board file formats: .brd, .dsn, .hyp, .mcm, or .xml. Then, critical objects in the layout are designated such as I/O nets, power/ground nets, clock nets and decoupling capacitors. Once set, then each of the EMSAT rules are run on the design and errors are reported and stored in output files.

Intercept's Pantheon can use any one of its 35+ database translators in tandem with the EMSAT viewer and EMSAT violation file to create a violations list that can be viewed real-time in the layout. Customers using Intercept's Pantheon can add the EMSAT viewer and analyze the design for EMC and SI violations during the design process, without having to wait for the board to be fully routed.

On and above this customized EMC and SI software solution, Intercept's EDA software provides users with scalable design and engineering software that can be tailored for simpler designs to the most complex PCB, RF, Hybrid, high speed and mixed signal boards, panels and panel arrays. Its software suite includes schematic, layout with DFM checking, and library management software, all complemented by powerful interfaces to mechanical, manufacturing, analysis, simulation, RF modeling and documentation. Migration to Intercept products is made easy with its offering of over 30 database translators of various CAD, CAE and library formats, the companies added.

EMSAT is supported on WinXP/7, Linux Redhat 7 or later, and AIX 5.1. Intercept products are supported on WinXP/7/8, 32 or 64bit and Linux Redhat 5 or later.





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