A global leader in semiconductors, STMicroelectronics, is helping protect today’s smart devices by making shirt pockets, car dashboards, office desks, and other statically dangerous locations safer through the introduction of their new online software tool ESD-SIM.
ESD-SIM is capable of assessing both circuit protection and signal integrity, to help select the right ESD-protection components from ST’s portfolio before hardware is built, according to ST. ESD-SIM has been created for ST by tools specialist Transim, with simulation powered by Keysight’s ADS. ESD-SIM provides a quick and easy way to evaluate the performance of ST devices using the industry-standard high-speed/high-frequency SPICE simulation engine in ADS. The validation output of the online tool is free of charge, and it further provides an ADS workspace to jumpstart the design process in commercially available design software.
“As a free tool, the revolutionary ESD-SIM will change the way all engineers design their circuit boards, and eliminate the hassles associated with last-minute changes to correct unforeseen problems,” said Torsten Goebner, Development and Engineering Manager at Transim.
According to the company, “The tool uses ST’s TVS (Transient Voltage Suppressor) SmartSelector to choose suitable protection components, whether the application is digital, analog, automotive, or power. ESD-SIM then runs ESD and signal-integrity simulations, using Transmission Line Pulse simulation, eye diagrams, time-domain reflectometry and S-parameters to ensure high-speed signals such as USB 3.1, HDMI, DisplayPort(TM), or SATA satisfy the applicable specifications. This can be done quickly and easily, requiring only seven mouse clicks. Pre-configured simulation setups and signal tests are included, which saves any need for the user to create tests and ensure compliance with the relevant standards. The simulations are also customizable, and users can save and share designs with local teams or the ESD-SIM community.”
ESD-SIM is available now, free of charge to any user registered at my.st.com.