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Astonishing Enhancements to Signal Integrity EDA Tools Using 3D Vision and GPUs

December 8th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Live Events

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Artist's impression of ADS stereo viewer for 3D electromagnetic fields and currents

Free webcast: In collaboration with NVIDIA, Agilent engineers have combined signal integrity EDA tools with NVIDIA 3D Vision stereoscopic technology to produce insights needed to design the next generation of graphics processing units (GPUs).

In this webcast you’ll learn how you too can benefit from this virtuous circle of better hardware helping EDA tools run better, and better EDA tools helping design even better hardware. We’ll show you how NVIDIA benefits from massively parallel EM and circuit simulation by running Advanced Design System on PCs with NVIDIA Tesla or Quadro Professional GPUs, and how 3D visualization of EM fields gives better insight – literally – into EMC/EMI issues.

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  • 1 phileasfogg // Feb 26, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I tried very hard but I just didn’t see anything “astonishing” about this whole 3DVision stereoscopic field simulation. There’s a whole lot more hype than substance to this topic today. There’s absolutely zero “insight” to be gained with the way the software utilizes the 3D rendering capability of these GPUs. Perhaps in time, these improvements will come; but today, there is very little benefit from using a GPU in these simulations.

  • 2 Colin Warwick // Feb 27, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Hi phileasfogg,

    Thanks for your comment. By the way, did you see Avatar? :-)

    I put “astonishing” in the title more to amuse than to hype. I was reading Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” at the time and one of the characters (Pip’s brother-in-law, Joe Gargery) repeatedly says “Astonishing!” in a comic way. The word sprang to mind when I wrote the title.

    As for the substance of this innovation, it is in fact real. I have customers who have used this feature and spotted problems in complex multi-layer boards that they could find without it. A 2D view of a 3D object has overlaps that obscures information that 3D Vision reveals.

    Best regards,

    – Colin

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