SynaptiCAD WaveFormer Pro, Timing Diagrammer Pro, Data Sheet Pro v14

SynaptiCAD introduced version 14 of their timing diagram editors: WaveFormer Pro, Timing Diagrammer Pro, and Data Sheet Pro. The new version includes support for Xilinx post-route timing files, sampled analog signals, and memory optimizations that can handle waveform files with over 1 million signals. SynaptiCAD has also made improvements to its free waveform viewer. WaveFormer Pro, Timing Diagrammer Pro, and DataSheet Pro are available on Linux, Solaris, and Windows. Perpetual licenses start at $1,725 in a node-locked configuration. Time-based licenses are also available.

SynaptiCAD’s timing diagram editors support FPGA-based designs by providing a method to import post-route timing information and calculate complex timing for the most advanced chips. The timing diagram editor provides designers with a natural interface for analyzing critical timing paths inside their FPGA design. The timing diagram editors also support delay correlation groups to take into account the fact that delay variation within any particular IC will be much more tightly grouped than delays over the same types of ICs. Using correlation groups helps designers recognize when it is possible to meet timing specification even when traditional min/max timing analysis shows an overly pessimistic analysis.

SynaptiCAD’s timing diagram editor support mixed analog and digital waveform viewing, export to SPICE formats, import of analog waveform data, and creation of analog signals. Version 14 enhances analog waveform creation by adding support for exponential waveform creation, and by providing a method of creating sampled analog waveforms. When using one of the built-in analog waveform equations (e.g. sine, capacitor, ramp, or exponential) to generate an analog equation, the designer can set a sampling period for all newly generated analog signals.

All of SynaptiCAD’s timing diagram editors including WaveViewer (free) have optimized memory to handle very large waveform files, with the GigWave option it easily handles over a million signals without slowing down. It is often difficult to find relevant waveform information from data that is created by long Verilog or VHDL simulations. With SynaptiCAD’s interface you can selectively view signals and timing periods and compare different waveform files.

DataSheet Pro users can create Views of a diagram, and then use the Views to jump to particular sections of the diagram or zoom levels. This feature captures the current zoom and scroll levels and automatically displays that position in the diagram. Views can also be used to create different images of the same timing diagram.

SynaptiCAD offers multiple levels of editors so developers can select the best price/feature set for their application. Timing Diagrammer Pro is a timing diagram editor with full timing analysis features and supports both digital and analog waveforms. WaveFormer Pro adds simulated signal support to make drawing timing diagrams faster and more accurate. It also can import and export to many formats including VHDL, Verilog, SPICE, logic analyzers, and pattern generators. DataSheet Pro adds support for managing large numbers of timing diagrams including multiple timing diagram windows, multiple print views, and style sheets for uniform appearance. WaveViewer is a free waveform viewer capable of displaying results of analog and digital simulations as well as waveforms acquired from test equipment. The GigaWave option can be added to any of the products to boost the performance for very large files.

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