Waveform Viewer and Simulation Analysis Environment

SmartView™ is Silvaco’s graphical environment for performing real-time and post-simulation waveform viewing and data analysis of analog, RF, digital and mixed-signal circuits. User configurable preference controls, an intuitive GUI and a library of advanced measurement makes SmartView an easy to use and productive simulation analysis environment.

Introduction

SmartView is the waveform viewer and analysis tool for use with many Silvaco products including Gateway, SmartSpice, SmartSpice RF, Silos and Harmony for analog, RF, digital, and mixed-signal simulation. It has robust capabilities for digital and analog time- and frequency- domain waveform and data post-processing analysis, all within a single environment. SmartView handles large GB+ size simulation files with ease using an advanced memory management system.

SmartView provides flexible and powerful handling of data, supporting hierarchical or flat vector arrangements, pre-filtering of data to streamline results and the ability to compare simulation data from multiple simulation runs concurrently. For analog/mixed signal simulation, SmartView’s advanced data display and analysis modes include FFT analysis, histograms, constellation diagrams, jitter analysis, Y&Z Smith charts and contains a vector calculator with built-in SPICE macros and functions with capability for user-defined functions to be added. Users can work interactively, sending commands directly from the UI to the javaScript interpreter, or create powerful scripts for batch manipulation of data and analysis.

Figure 1: PLL- SPICE & Verilog-AMS mixed signal

Features

  • Graphical user interface: Customizable toolbar, Drag & drop capability, Hierarchical data browse
  • Multiple chart types: Cartesian, Histogram, polar, Smith, digital
  • Multiple chart layouts: Stack mode (common X-axis), Horizontal & vertical, tile, palette
  • Makers/probes: AB, data, triangle, cross section & X maker, probe, slope
  • Single measurement utility: Average, Derivative, RMS, min/max
  • Post process: FFT utility, Eye diagram, ADC utility, Compute bus utility
  • Composite measurements: Average period, Cross point, Delay, Find at crossing, Find at Y, Overshoot, Period, Rise time

Benefits

  • Easy and intuitive GUI
  • Proved a seamless and high speed data communication between tools
  • Various annotation capabilities, export of chart image, ASCII saving
  • View histories of concurrent simulations on one plot

Figure 2: Measurements

Figure 3: FFT Utility & Eye Diagram

Applications

Analog, RF, Digital, AMS and Cell characterization

Technical Specifications

 

  • Supports industry standard data formats:

    Analog

    - SmartSpice (.raw)

    - HSPICETM (.tr, .ac, .sw)

    - SpectreTM (PSF Binary & ASCII)

    - FSDB (version 4, 5)

    - Touchstone (S-parameter)

    Digital

    - Harmony/Silos (.rawd)

    - Standard digital VCD format

    - .lib in Liberty format

  •  JavaScript support

  • Integration with Silvaco’s Analog, Digital & Mixed-signal tools: Gateway, SmartSpice, SmartSpice RF, Harmony, Silos