Analyze circuit simulation data
The Mixed-Signal Analyzer app enables you to visualize, analyze, and identify trends in mixed-signal simulation data. With the Cadence® Virtuoso ADE-MATLAB® Integration option you can import databases of circuit-level simulation results in MATLAB. To gain insights into the data, you can plot trends where you can vary different process parameters and see how the system behavior changes.
MATLAB Toolstrip: In the Apps tab, under Signal Processing and Communications, click the app icon.
MATLAB command prompt: Enter
This example shows how you can use the Mixed Signal Analyzer app to analyze a clock buffer circuit and understand the effect of varying corner points using trend charts.
Open the Mixed Signal Analyzer app.
Import an AdeInfo object from Cadence®. Click the Import button, select AdeInfo .mat file..., and select
The AdeInfo object loads the transient and DC analysis simulation data, analysis waveform, and performance metrics.
In the Data panel, click on
/o1 under tran section, then click the Display Waveform button in the Analysis tab.
To get additional overshoot and undershoot metrics from the
/o1 data, keep
/o1 selected and select yMaximum and yMinimum functions from the Built-in Analysis section in the Analysis tab. The metrics are added under Analysis Metrics in the Data panel.
You can also add your custom analysis function using the Add Analysis button.
To add a custom analysis function that multiplies an waveform by five, click on the Add Analysis button. In the newly opened pop-up window, set Function Name to
multiply5, Number of input waveforms to
1, Number of input parameters to
0. Click the Create Analysis button. A prepolulated MATLAB editor opens where you can add your custom code, in this case the code to multiply the input waveform amplitude along the y-axis by 5.
/o1 data by 5, keep it selected and click on the newly added multiply5 function from the Custom Analyses section in the Analysis tab. Select
multiply5(tran/o1) under Analysis Waveforms section in the Data panel and click the Display Waveform button. The amplitude of
/o1 data is multiplied by 5.
To get better insight about certain parameters, you can add a trend chart by clicking Trend Chart button in the Metrics tab. Select all three
delayMeasure data from the Data panel, and click on the Trend Chart button.
Here the trend chart shows the delay of the signal as various process corners are varied. You can modify and add new fields to the trend chart.
From the Plot Options panel, select
wp in the Trend Chart Fields.
Once you are satisfied with the results, you can export it as a script or report or export to workspace using the Export button.
mixedSignalAnalyzer opens a new blank Mixed-Signal
mixedSignalAnalyzer('mixedSignalAnalysis.mat') starts the
Mixed-Signal Analyzer app, and loads it with
mixedSignalAnalysis simulation data saved from a previous
You can extract simulation data from Cadence ADE Simulation run (Interactive or Ocean). You can save data from a specific simulation run or all simulation runs.
To extract the data from a current
AdeInfo object in the
workspace to a MAT file, use the command:
To extract the data from a specific
AdeInfo object in the
workspace to a MAT file, use the command:
To extract the data from all the
AdeInfo objects from the
Cadence simulation run history to a MAT file, use the command:
These three functions only runs in Linux with a MATLAB session opened from Cadence ADE containing a
adeInfo object in the workspace
Simulation data are saved in a .mat file.
|Table containing results of ADE simulation.|
|Structure of tables containing corner parameter definitions from ADE.|
|Structure of tables containing parameter definitions from ADE.|
|Structure of tables containing parameter conditions from ADE.|
|Index entries of all results that have waveform.|
|Structure of corner labels that contain the saved waveforms.|
|Structure of containing net names for which waveforms exist.|
|Structure of all output values which are not saved waveforms. Examples are intermediate SKILL waveforms and scalar number values.|
|Structure of all descriptions (equations, script names) that create scalars and Intermediate SKILL waveforms.|
|Structure of waveform objects from ADE run number.|
|Structure of simulation database containing single datapoint.|
|Structure of simulation database containing all datapoints.|
Once saved, you can use these .mat files in the Mixed-Signal Analyzer app. This allows you to run the app from any operating system: Windows, Linux or MAC.
Use the Mixed Signal Analyzer to perform various analysis to get a better understanding of the system. Supported analysis functions are:
|Returns the arc cosine of a signal|
|Returns the arc hyperbolic cosine of a signal|
|Returns the arc sine of a signal|
|Returns the arc hyperbolic sine of a signal|
|Returns the arc tangent of a signal|
|Computes the average of an waveform over its entire range|
|Returns the portion of a signal between two points along the x-axis|
|Returns the conjugate complex number|
|Returns the cosine of a signal|
|Returns the hyperbolic cosine of a signal|
|Returns the waveform in decibels by a factor of 10 (dB10), given by 10log10(Absolute value of waveform)|
|Returns the waveform in decibels by a factor of 20 (dB20), given by 20log10(Absolute value of waveform)|
|Returns the duty cycle of a waveform|
|Returns the exponential value of a waveform|
|Returns the fall time value of a waveform|
|Returns the first value where the waveform begins on the x-axis|
|Returns the imaginary component of a waveform|
|Returns the integer value of a real number input waveform|
|Returns the inverse value of a waveform|
|Returns the last value where the waveform ends on the x-axis|
|Returns the 10-based logarithm of a waveform|
|Returns the natural logarithm of a waveform|
|Returns the magnitude of a signal|
|Returns the phase noise of a signal|
|Returns the phase of a signal|
|Returns the ten to the power (10x) value of a waveform|
|Returns the real component of a waveform|
|Returns the rise time value of a waveform|
|Returns the sine of a signal|
|Returns the hyperbolic sine of a signal|
|Returns the square root of a signal|
|Returns the squared value of a signal|
|Returns the tangent of a signal|
|Returns the hyperbolic tangent of a signal|
|Returns the x-axis value for the peak value along the y-axis|
|Returns the x-axis value for the lowest value along the y-axis|
|Returns the vector of x-axis values|
|Returns the peak value along the y-axis|
|Returns the lowest value along the y-axis|
|Returns yx for two input waveforms x and y|
You can also add your custom analysis using the Add Analysis button. This opens a MATLAB script where you can add your custom code. Do not modify the first section of the script. You can access your custom analysis function from the Analysis tab in the toolstrip.
The custom analysis functions are saved in the
folder in your preferred directory. You can find your preferred directory using the
prefdir command in the MATLAB command window.
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