FAQ

1. How is PeakView simulation accuracy verified?

Accuracy is confirmed in two ways – numerically by validating solver convergence and empirically by correlating with silicon measurements.

2. Is metal fill accounted for?

Yes. Fill is handled using an equivalent dielectric method that is integrated into our tool with the CMP option.

3. What types of devices does PeakView support?

PeakView™ supports interconnect-based components such as inductors, baluns, transformers, MIM capacitors, MOM capacitors, wires, transmission lines, etc.

4. What technology inputs are required by PeakView?

PeakView™ has built-in utilities that convert foundry technology files, like iRCX and ITF, containing dielectric and metal layer specifications into a text file that provides  PeakView™ the process information. This text file, i.e. PeakView™ profile, is the input to perform device synthesis and/or run simulations on a design.

5. Can  PCircuits in PeakView guarantee DRC correct layout?

PeakView™ provides PCircuits that are built using process independent class libraries (coded in python programming language) that account for spacing, width and enclosure rules that are included in the PeakView™ profile. PeakView™ also models metal fill, slotting and striping correctly to ensure DRC clean designs.

6. What is the solver method used in PeakView?

Method of Moments

7. How long does it take to simulate a device in PeakView?

Simulation time is typically 10 times faster that contemporary tools available in the market. The time may vary in accordance with the users’ computational resources available and the scope of the problem being solved. Options are available for parallel processing and for LSF (Load Sharing Facilities) to speed up the run time. For simple design optimizations, a problem can be solved in a few minutes.

8. Is PeakView™ integrated into the design environment?

Yes. PeakView™ can be used directly in the Cadence® and Laker™ environments.

9. What advantages does PeakView provide over other tools?

Advantages of using the PeakView platform can be found here.

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