Quantum Channel Designer Design Kits and IBIS-AMI Models for Altera FPGA

Signal Integrity Software (SiSoft) rolled out IBIS-AMI models for Altera’s Stratix IV GT, Stratix IV GX and Arria II GX FPGA devices. The models simulate the complex circuit components in Altera’s field programmable gate arrays. Quantum Channel Designer design kits are also available for Altera’s Stratix IV GX, Stratix IV GT and Arria II GX devices. QCD Design Kits provide complete, ready-to-run simulation setups for a given vendor and device model.

IBIS-AMI Models Highlights

  • Models for Altera’s Stratix IV GT, Stratix IV GX and Arria II GX FPGAs
  • Developed in close collaboration between SiSoft and Altera
  • Models Altera’s high-speed SerDes
  • Provides the capability to perform more comprehensive SerDes analysis resulting in better board designs with reduced design time
  • Models can rapidly simulated the complex circuit components in Altera devices to represent highly accurate serial link performance
  • Built from a combination of transistor level models, behavioral models and lab data
  • Model development encompassed over 10,000 simulations run across different process corners and channel models
  • IBIS-AMI model results were compared to those predicted by HSPICE and hardware measurements
  • Models achieved a 98% or higher Figure of Merit as defined by the IBIS Accuracy Specification
  • Compliance with the IBIS-AMI specification has been validated with publicly available IBIS-AMI compatibility checkers to ensure model portability between different EDA simulators

Quantum Channel Designer Highlights

  • QCD design kits available for Altera’s Stratix IV GX, Stratix IV GT and Arria II GX devices
  • Provides complete, ready-to-run simulation setups for a given vendor and device model
  • Designers can determine margins for a design by importing their own channel model and re-running simulation (process only takes a few minutes)
  • Channel simulator for the design and analysis of multi-Gigabit serial links
  • QCD combines support for IBIS-AMI SerDes simulation models with advanced analytical techniques to predict operating voltage and timing margins
  • Pre-layout Design Space Exploration enables designers to quickly evaluate thousands of different design tradeoffs

More info: SiSoft | Altera