Solutions for Semiconductor Design and EDA

Semiconductor design leaders rely on electronic design automation (EDA) software to efficiently verify and evaluate their product designs — and Altair semiconductor design solutions are built to optimize EDA environments and to improve the design-to-manufacturing process, eliminate design iterations, and reduce time-to-market. For printed circuit board (PCB) design, embedded systems development, and smart product realization, we provide tools that address the challenges of ever-increasing performance requirements and product complexity.

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Design Flow Mapping & Optimization

The Tool Every VLSI Team Needs

When you need to fit millions of transistors on a single chip, optimized designs are critical.

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Integrated Software for Semiconductor PCB Design

Altair® PollEx™ is the most comprehensive, integrated set of PCB design viewing, analysis, and verification tools for electrical, electronics, and manufacturing engineers. PollEx transfers data flawlessly between the semiconductor industry’s most popular ECAD and simulation tools and enables many of the world’s major electronics corporations to quickly visualize and review PCB designs. Its checking tools detect issues early in the design to avoid product failures and simplify manufacture and assembly.

Embedded Systems in Semiconductor Design

Altair® Embed® is a proven tool for model-based firmware development of embedded systems including motor control, IoT devices, and vision systems. With Embed, semiconductor designers can design, analyze, and simulate embedded systems using block diagrams and state charts, then automatically generate compact and optimized code to run on an extensive selection of microcontrollers from Texas Instruments™, STMicroelectronics®, Arduino®, Raspberry Pi™, and others. Hardware-in-the-loop testing is fully supported using a high-speed bidirectional communication link for data collection and real-time tuning.

Optimized EDA Job Scheduling for Semiconductor Design

Trusted for semiconductor design and EDA, Altair® Accelerator™ is the industry’s fastest enterprise job scheduler — with scalable, event-driven architecture for the highest possible throughput. Accelerator maximizes capacity utilization and can run millions of semiconductor design jobs per day with sub-millisecond latency for top performance. It provides scalable, small-footprint architecture and comprehensive policy management features with advanced license scheduling tracks, out-of-queue license usage, and dynamic license checkouts during a job’s lifetime.

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Dependency Analysis and I/O Profiling in the Semiconductor Industry

We make every engineer an I/O expert with Altair Breeze™. Altair Breeze enables semiconductor design organizations to quickly solve software deployment problems and resolve file and network dependencies. With detailed data for storage exports and summary reports for sharing, Altair Breeze identifies good and bad I/O for easy wins. Even when programs are designed well, it’s easy for local settings to affect performance. Mistakes such as storing data in the wrong place, small I/O, and excess metadata can overload compute, network, and storage. By using Altair Breeze and following our best practices you’ll fix short-term problems, understand storage requirements, and optimize future planning. Altair Breeze profiles application file I/O so you can ensure files are stored in the right place.

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Live System Telemetry and I/O Monitoring for Semiconductor Workloads

As distributed systems and compute clusters become more complex, the need for monitoring, especially in a high-pressure semiconductor design environment, is increasingly critical. To compute efficiently and to forecast and design for the future, it’s important to have visibility into what is being run today. Altair Mistral™ is the leading application monitoring tool for high-performance computing (HPC) and scientific computing. It’s lightweight enough to run in production but flexible enough to ensure that you get the most from on-premises HPC, and that you have the information you need to manage your hybrid cloud. Altair Mistral is a storage-agnostic solution that monitors I/O bandwidth, metadata, I/O performance, CPU, and memory, quickly locating rogue jobs and storage bottlenecks and keeping track of what’s running on clusters day-to-day.

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Full Suite of EDA Enablement Solutions

Altair has all the tools you need to manage and optimize your EDA computing environment. Get efficient multi-site license allocation with Altair® Allocator™ and real-time license monitoring with Altair® Monitor™. For mission-critical dependency management, Altair® FlowTracer™ delivers unique flow visualization and troubleshooting – and Altair® Hero™ is your key to easy job scheduling in a hardware emulation environment. With the Altair® Grid Engine® distributed resource management system, you can optimize EDA workloads and resources in thousands of data centers to boost performance and efficiency.

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