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The Ultimate SPICE Circuit Simulator

The Ultimate SPICE Circuit Simulator
by Daniel Payne on 01-03-2011 at 1:19 pm


I love SPICE and Fast SPICE circuit simulators, so here’s my feature list for the ultimate SPICE circuit simulator:

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  • Input netlists – HSPICE, Spectre, ELDO
  • Multi-core support – parse and simulate fast and accurate
  • LRC Reduction – built-in LRC reduction with a few knobs to control accuracy
  • Tuning – Intuitive options to trade off speed and accuracy
  • Output waveforms – compatible with industry standard formats
  • Interactivity – able to stop, browse and continue simulations with Tcl functions and command line functions
  • Analysis – DC, Transient, Monte-Carlo, Noise, Sensitivity
  • Monte-Carlo – smart method to launch and control jobs
  • Co-simulation – integrated with HDL simulators: VHDL, Verilog, System Verilog, System C
  • OS – Linux, Windows 7
  • Environment – Works in my Cadence, Synopsys, Mentor, Magma flows
  • Models – Industry standards like BSIM3, BSIM4. Foundry supported.
  • Speed – the faster the better
  • Accuracy – no surprises with Silicon results
  • Learning Curve – just take it out of the box and it works
  • Installation – I don’t want to read the install notes, it should install like shrink-wrap PC or Mac software
  • Licensing – FlexLM is OK
  • Error and warning messages – something that an engineer can understand, no 5 digit look-up codes
  • Tech support – 24 hour response time to my critical bugs
  • Updates – online, easy to get the latest version or a few versions back

    What would you like to see in the ultimate SPICE circuit simulator?

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