Electronics & Computers

Coventor Announces the Release of MEMS + 2.0

October 14, 2010

The software extends MEMS and IC design to the system level through integration with MathWorks’ Simulink and provides designers with a single environment for incorporating MEMS into IC and system-on-chip design methodologies.

CARY, NC /Marketwire/ -- Coventor Inc., the leading supplier of software for developing micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), announced the release of the latest version of its MEMS+ design suite. The new release, MEMS + 2.0, includes tight integration and simulation within the widely used Simulink environment from MathWorks. This support builds on the company's existing integration with the Virtuoso IC design system from Cadence Design Systems (also enhanced in this release) to provide designers with an efficient, integrated environment for incorporating MEMS into traditional IC and system-on-chip (SoC) design methodologies.

In addition to the more unified and complete MEMS+IC design flow enabled by MEMS+, the latest release improves simulation performance within the Cadence environment and expands the library of 3D MEMS building blocks available to enable a wider variety of MEMS-based applications. Additional features in the tool's user interface improve the ease of design creation and re-use within the solution as well. The result is the "most robust and intuitive platform for developing products that combine traditional IC with MEMS."

"This an elegant way to connect and manage the very specific 3D design information required for MEMS design within Simulink, which can address behavioral modeling and functional correctness. Both MEMS designers and IC designers can benefit from this integration, with IC designers being shielded from the complexity of the physics of MEMS but still able to simulate them in the context of the system," said Jim Tung , MathWorks Fellow. "The integration of MEMS+ with Simulink provides a more efficient approach to MEMS-based design."

The MEMS+ product suite anchors Coventor's strategy for "bringing MEMS to the mainstream," which addresses the expanding opportunity for MEMS in a wide variety of applications and new markets. The strategy focuses on removing the traditional barriers to developing and integrating MEMS—time, cost, and complexity—particularly for traditional IC designers not familiar with the nuances of MEMS. In addition to the MEMS+ platform itself, Coventor is working to enable a complete ecosystem for MEMS development through collaboration with foundries, complementary tool suppliers, IP and library developers, as well as fabless IC companies looking to leverage the MEMS opportunity.

Enabling System-Level Design with MEMS
With the newest version of MEMS+, designers can use the same parameterized behavioral model created in the MEMS+ environment for simulations in both the Simulink and Cadence Virtuoso environments. MEMS engineers can now simulate their MEMS design in the familiar Simulink environment, optimize parameters, and hand off automatically generated behavioral models to their counterparts in the system architecture and IC design domains.

System architects can then easily incorporate MEMS in algorithmic-level simulations that span software, firmware, digital logic, and analog circuits, while IC designers can incorporate MEMS in implementation-level simulations as well as physical design. Through the integration, all groups work from a single MEMS design representation in MEMS+. As with the Virtuoso integration, there is no programming, just the creation of the MEMS design in the intuitive 3D user interface provided by MEMS+.

"Our goal with MEMS+ has always been to develop a structured methodology that is familiar to traditional IC designers and allow them to easily incorporate MEMS devices into their flows. This support for Simulink makes MEMS+ even more accessible to MEMS designers and adds an important system-level capability that extends the value of MEMS+ to the functional definition stage," said Mike Jamiolkowski, CEO of Coventor.

MEMS+ 2.0 includes an expanded version of Coventor's extensive library of MEMS building blocks. This library has been proven in nearly a decade of use at MEMS companies for developing a wide variety of advanced MEMS devices, including accelerometers, gyroscopes, display mirrors, resonators, pressure sensors, and RF switches. The new 2.0 version of the library builds on those achievements with numerous enhancements, especially for designing and simulating the flexible structures that occur in inertial sensors, microphones, and energy-harvesting devices.

The MEMS+ platform and the included library of parametric MEMS building blocks provide MEMS designers with the ability to perform custom parameterization of all design aspects. Designers can then import MEMS+ designs into Simulink or the Virtuoso Parts Library, using a simple import interface. The MEMS system designer confirms the device performance by running simulations directly in the Simulink environment. All simulation results can be loaded back into the MEMS+ system and animated in the tool's 3-D canvas.

Pricing and Availability
MEMS+ Version 2.0 is available now on Windows 32- and 64-bit OS, as well as Linux. It is available through the Coventor sales channel. Pricing begins at under $30,000.

About Coventor
Coventor Inc. is a market leader in automated design solutions for MEMS. Its software tool suite and expertise in MEMS design address the challenges of integrating these devices into the growing number of products—from smart phones to gaming systems to automobiles—that are adopting MEMS-enabled capabilities. Coventor's solutions specifically offer designers of mixed-signal ICs, ASICs, and SOCs a way to efficiently integrate MEMS into their design methodology without having to be experts in mechanical design. Its MEMS+ design platform works seamlessly with popular electronic design automation (EDA) flows and tools, reducing the complexity and risk of adopting MEMS. The company is headquartered in Cary, NC; and has offices in San Mateo, CA; Cambridge, MA; and Paris.

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