Issue No. 10 - October (2006 vol. 39)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2006.354
ModLyng Environment Offers Convenient Modeling Solutions
Design development start-up Lynguent recently announced its first commercial product, the ModLyng Integrated Modeling Environment. ModLyng is an innovative language-and platform-independent tool for analog/mixed-signal integrated circuit design that incorporates an easy-to-use graphical user interface and simplifies the process for reusing existing models.
ModLyng imports model code, automatically creating a topological view of the model and interpreting the electrical equations and statements in the model's body. Engineers can augment and extend their models with new equations or icons representing preconfigured behaviors.
ModLyng also features unique analysis and debug capabilities. Ports, parameters, equations, statements, and topologies are all easily manipulated and checked by using the tools in ModLyng. For example, the Graph tool makes it easy to find discontinuities in model code.
Said Lynguent CEO and cofounder Martin Vlach, "ModLyng's graphical tools for presentation and analysis work very well for even the most complex analog and mixed-signal models."
The ModLyng environment can be used whether the AMS technology is part of an IC's external functionality or embedded in the IC's underlying technology.
To learn more about ModLyng and Lynguent, visit www.lynguent.com.
New Intel Threading Tools Offer Full Multicore Functionality
Intel recently debuted three new threading tools that help software developers create reliable, high-performance threaded applications that take full advantage of multicore processing systems. These new tools, Intel Threading Building Blocks 1.0, Intel Thread Checker 3.0, and Intel Thread Profiler 3.0, form part of a comprehensive tool set that Intel claims is accurate, scalable, and easy to program in a parallel environment.
Intel Threading Building Blocks 1.0 is a C++ runtime library that simplifies introducing threads to an application, making performance gains possible while shielding developers from the complexity of assigning threads to processor cores.
Intel Thread Checker 3.0 is a threading analysis tool that lets developers introduce threading in a way that minimizes error potential.
Intel Thread Profiler 3.0 for Windows provides insight into thread interactions. Thread Profiler visualizes threaded application behavior and can pinpoint parallel performance issues, such as bottlenecks.
To learn more about Intel's new threading tools, visit www.intel.com/software/products.
Visual System Simulator Reduces Development Costs
The 2006 release of Visual System Simulator, from Applied Wave Research, is a comprehensive software suite for designing complete, end-to-end communications systems. VSS targets features that help designers reduce time to market by eliminating iterations and rework, and cut system costs by ensuring that components are not overspecified and unnecessarily expensive.
The VSS 2006 time-domain simulator lets both system and RF/analog engineers evaluate communication systems that incorporate digital modulated signals with analog impairments from the RF chain. VSS 2006 features a large library of off-the-shelf behavioral models, which can be replaced with actual circuit designs or measured data.
The software works with both of AWR's circuit design suites, Microwave Office 2006 and Analog Office 2006. AWR's optional TestWave software module seamlessly integrates VSS with instruments from leading test equipment vendors. TestWave software can directly import S-parameters, I/Q data, spectrum plots, and oscilloscope traces to VSS. The TestWave interface is also bi-directional, so users can export I/Q data from VSS and drive test equipment with modulated waveforms created in VSS.
For complete product details, visit http://web.appwave.com.