To address the design verification challenges of the world’s most complex mixed-signal systems-on-chip (SoCs), Siemens Digital Industries Software has introduced the new Symphony Pro platform. This next generation solution extends the robust mixed-signal verification capabilities of Siemens’ proven Symphony platform to support new and advanced Accellera standardized verification methodologies with a powerful, comprehensive and intuitive visual debug cockpit, resulting in productivity improvements of up to 10 times compared to legacy solutions.
Next-generation automotive, imaging, internet of things, 5G, computing and storage applications are driving strong demand for greater analog and mixed-signal content in next-generation SoCs. Mixed-signal circuits are increasingly ubiquitous — whether it is integrating the analog signal chain with the digital-front end (DFE) in 5G massive-MIMO radios, digital radio frequency-sampling data converters in radar systems, image sensors combining analog pixel read-out circuits with digital image signal processing or feeding
datacenter computing resources with ever more data using advanced mixed-signal circuits to deliver PAM4 signaling. For these and other highly advanced applications, mixed-signal circuits enable lower power, area and cost while delivering ever-improving performance figures.
Increased application of digital control, digital calibration and digital signal processing techniques in modern mixed-signal chip architectures is driving a paradigm shift in mixed-signal verification methodologies toward more digital-centric approaches. Siemens’s new Symphony Pro platform — built on the proven performance of Siemens’ Symphony and Questa Visualizer platforms — extends the rapid deployment of industry-standard Universal Verification Methodology (UVM) and Unified Power Format (UPF) driven low-power techniques into the mixed signal domain by offering fast simulation performance in a unified environment for exceptional throughput and capacity.
Modern mixed-signal SoCs integrate analog circuits with logic gates operating at very high clock speeds. This high frequency bi-directional signal flow at the boundary of analog and digital pushes the limit of manual debug methodologies impacting the overall time-to-results. Symphony Pro Visualizer MS environment offers a seamless debug experience across the entire mixed-signal design hierarchy with comprehensive analysis, automation and ease-of-use for increased productivity.