SPISim_LINK: A free web app for link’s StatEye analysis

SPISim_LINK: A free web app for link’s StatEye analysis.

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SPISIM_LINK

SPISim_LINK is a browser based web app. It allows user to configure channel using IBIS, interconnect, Tx/Rx AMI models and perform StatEye link analysis. Both statistical and bit-by-bit modes are supported.

StatEye type analysis is different from traditional nodal-based spice analysis. It has specific model requirements (such as using IBIS-AMI models) and some assumptions (such as passive LTI channel, high-Z between Tx/Rx and analog front end) in order to simulate statistically or doing bit-by-bit for millions of bits. These are necessary in order to obtain accurate BER down to say 1E-12 or even smaller.

While IBIS-AMI is a mature modeling format for SERDES or HSIO interfaces, it requires many cross-domain disciplines and much engineering efforts to generate models. EDA tools supporting StatEye analysis do exist yet they cost typically more than 6-figure. So users intended to perform such StatEye analysis will face hurdles on both sides: no AMI models and no simulators! For discussion of these topics, please see our various blog posts.

With thoughtful and careful architecture, SPISim_LINK is developed to bridge the gap! We have quick settings for all Tx/Rx/Channel stages for you to assemble a channel quickly and run StatEye analysis right here right now without charge. Want AMI models? Our AMI models are pre-built, pre-test and configurable by you both in terms of assembling stages and model parameters. Using your existing AMI models is also possible. All these are now available without up-front cost or EDA vendors locked in.

This tool will never expire. It patches itself and run directly from the browser. While some limitations do exist, you can always unlock at a very low price!. Want to license this tool on your website to use your company's IC's AMI models only? No problem! See "Unlock" tab or contact us for details.
For SPISim_LINK's usage, please refer to its user's manual.
This free web app support both statistical and bit-by-bit mode link analysis. It has the following limitations:
  • To minimize the app's download size, only Windows 64 AMI library is included. To generate AMI models for Win32 and Linux 64, please download and install SPILite instead. The GUI is the same and config. file is inter-changeable.
  • For bit-by-bit modes, it will run up to 5000 bits at most.
  • The off-line/installed version also have more built-in AMI modules such as DSP and AGC etc.
  • The look-up table, data lock etc are only available in installed version (SPILite or SPIPro)
  • Generated AMI models will expire within 3 days. AMI models generated via SPILite will last for 7 days.
  • Upon its formal release, at least one of Tx or Rx side must use SPISim's AMI model. There is no such restriction while it's in beta.
AMI model generated can be unlocked on a per part basis for USD. 3000.00. Company wide enabling is also available thorough licensing or Modeling Suite purchase. The back-end stat-eye simulator supports batch mode flow as well. Along with this web app, it can be licensed to meet your model release/internal analysis needs. This function, along with other IBIS modeling and tuning flow, is also available in the SPIPro.
Support for SPISim's free web apps is on best-effort basis.

For SPISim_LINK, the Stat-Eye like link analysis tool, there are many places which may cause simulation failure. Some of them include:
  • Tx/Rx AMI model: Our simulator should handle AMI models generate via either "Quick Settings" or "SPISim's Spec. AMI" model just fine. When user's own AMI models are used, it is possible that the compatibility will become an issue. In such case, please provide the .ami file at least so that we can validate with our AMI parameter parser.
  • Channel model: When channel's response waveform is provided in .csv format, it should have header at first row and at least two columns. The first column should be time points and the second column is waveform. If simulator is specified, user should have the requirement such as installation or license set-up ready first. SPISim_LINK does NOT come with any spice subckt simulator built-in.
  • Running platform: to minimize the app's size, the AMI model and embedded simulator only supports Windows 64 platform. To generate model and/or run check on other platforms (e.g. Win32, Linux64), please download and install the (offline) SPILite.
  • Number of bits to simulate: the free version limits number of bits to run in Bit-by-Bit mode to be 4000 at most. Time and memory required to simulate more bits are subject to each computer's performance.
When support is needed, please export the settings to a .cfg file, then submit this file alone with related models, such as user generated SPISim Spec. AMI model or user's own AMI models, to SPISim support.

SPISim's support team can be reached via support@spisim.com

Run Application:

  • First time user? Read how to launch SPISim web apps [HERE].
  • Launch SPISim_IBIS from the web browser now:

Supporting platforms:

  • Only windows 64 model will be generated using this webapp;
  • Simulation of AMI model checking will only run on windows 64-bit;
  • For cross-platform model generation and validation, use SPILite/SPIPro.