Signal integrity analysis’ importance grows with time simply because the operating frequencies are ramping following the progress of CPUs and FPGAs. HyperLynx SI solutions when used appropriately may improve the quality of a new PCB design significantly. Running SI simulation literally saves 1 or 2 cycles of prototyping, redeems valuable time. The real outcome of SI simulations is not always demonstratable, but it is definitely tremendous.
In the mid-2020 the Dutch vendor or high-end electronics design services Sintecs BV came up with an initiative to release on the market a new product for signal integrity analysis. Together with Mentor Graphics (future Siemens EDA), they decided to make a separate reasonable-priced bundle called HyperLyns SI ALT. The release of the solution happened back in October 2020.
The brand new HyperLynx SI Alt bundle targets the very broad audience of electronics engineers who have an interest in exploring SI in full. The package includes all the core features allowing proper SI analysis to be run: LineSim, BoardSim, Crosstalk and others.
HyperLynx SI ALT bundle has a unique position among other products of Siemens EDA. It gives users a core functionality similar to one coming with a standard set of utilities of PADS Pro. It approves basic SI simulations using the oscilloscope, and crosstalk analysis with the SI batch simulator. However, this license does not allow for any S-parameters export, SERDES, any DDRx simulations, or any sort of PI simulations. Which is absolutely understandable knowing the cost of the bundle.
Pre-Layout Features of HyperLynx SI ALT
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Compared to some other SI solutions presented on the market, such as Ansys SIwave, Agilent, Cadence Sigrity, Synopsys HSPICE and others the retail cost of HyperLynx SI ALT is more than competitive. There are literally no other software packages allowing full-power SI for only 1,500 Euro. It seems, on the open market it is hard to find a similar set for even 10,000 Euro.
It has to be mentioned additionally that the SI ALT bundle can only be bought for a period of 12 months. Only network licenses (also called “floating”) can be shipped by default, but they can be easily configured for running licensing on a local PC. New users of Siemens EDA solutions can count on a free trial license for up to 30 calendar days.
Only one distributor of Siemens EDA is able to ship HyperLynx SI ALT, it is Sintecs BV, of course. The typical ordering process includes first ordering a trial license through the specialized contact form, then defining a preferable configuration of software (the most common one is having one full HyperLynx SI PI bundle and 2 or 3 HyperLynx SI ALT bundle licenses), which mostly depends on the needs of R&D.
Along with HyperLynx SI ALT comes a set of highly beneficial freeware apps also distributed by Sintecs: HyperLynx Connector for integration with Altium environment, and IBIS Development Studio for verifying and editing IBIS models.
EDALITY’s engineers never neglect potential SI issues. Running SI simulations is our extra insurance protection from unexpected implicit troubles that are still tombstoning a lot of electronics!