EP-Scan provides electrical performance insights that enable high-speed digital designers to perform quick diagnostics and remove the verification bottleneck
The Electrical Performance Scan (EP-Scan) is a new high-speed digital simulation tool from Keysight Technologies that supports rapid signal integrity (SI) analysis for hardware engineers and printed circuit board (PCB) designers.
After completing a PCB design, hardware engineers hand the design over to SI specialists to validate its performance before going to prototype. SI specialists perform simulations on a large number of nets, which can take days to weeks to complete. As a result, hardware engineers have difficulty predicting how much analysis time it will take to find errors or performance issues in the design. Uncertainty about the length of the SI analysis phase creates a bottleneck in the design cycle and delays time-to-market.
EP-Scan addresses this by giving hardware designers diagnostic tools to correct designs earlier and meet development schedules. As a stand-alone software product, EP-Scan performs electromagnetic (EM) simulation on signal nets and reports SI metrics such as channel return and insertion loss. In addition, EP-Scan automates performance comparisons between different versions of a design and generates simulation reports that expedite verification prior to building expensive physical prototypes.