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Analysis Software Speeds IC-Design Validation

June 10, 2020
Thanks to machine learning algorithms, Keysight’s PathWave Waveform Analytics software boasts improved anomaly detection and decreased data-storage costs in pre-silicon validation.

The rapid growth in the automotive, IoT, and mobile-devices markets means that chip designers need a quick route to robust, reliable, and secure designs. In Keysight’s PathWave Waveform Analytics, they’ll find an edge-to-cloud computing application that improves anomaly detection and reduces data storage costs in pre-silicon validation using machine learning algorithms. The software enables semiconductor designers to automate design analysis, improving productivity and accelerating their companies' time-to-market opportunity.

The analytics software includes a new data-compression technology that enables long-duration waveform compression, high-resolution playback, and analysis exceeding several terabytes of data. Built-in machine learning improves the discovery of voltage and current anomalies, as well as transient trends captured by the waveforms.

Keysight's PathWave Waveform Analytics addresses challenges currently faced by semiconductor designers with the following key features and benefits:

  • Shortens analysis time in pre-silicon validation with patented machine learning algorithms that identify anomalies and outliers
  • Reduces overall project costs by debugging in pre-silicon, which saves time in the costly post-silicon validation phase
  • Improves design reliability with pre-and post-processing algorithms that accurately detect voltage and current spikes on power and signal waveforms

The software also enables designers to identify outlier waveform shapes via a high-level view into clustering results. Data is analyzed in high resolution with hierarchical clustering for multi-level drill down. Users may query and analyze any portion of the big vector data or waveform that was captured and stored, and respond quickly as minimum data is transferred between the edge computer and the server. Designers can view an unlimited number of channels on a single dashboard, with options to pin or move the waveform in the interested channel for comparison. In this fashion, they can perform multiple dimensional comparisons and fine-tune the waveforms for analysis.

Contact Keysight for pricing and delivery information.

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