Online prototyping with A/D simulation, in Infineon Designer

October 31, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Infineon Technologies' Infineon Designer, to be introduced at the 2016 electronica trade fair, is presented as the first online prototyping engine combining analogue and digital simulation functionalities in an internet application.

Requiring a web browser only, it is an aid to designers in selecting the right product for a defined application. Infineon Designer works intuitively in a very short time, and neither installation nor licenses are needed. The program features application circuits in the domain of Industrial Power, Lighting, Motor Control and Mobile/RF frontend design. It enables analogue/digital co-simulation of the 32-bit XMC1000 industrial microcontroller ARM Cortex-M0 series, using the free-of-charge code generation platform DAVE. The Infineon Designer digital prototyping engine aims at making the transition from idea to functional system as smooth and fast as possible. It allows for prototyping a “soft evaluation board” with all functional parameters. By use of the simulation at an early stage, Infineon says, hardware for testing and iterations can thus be saved.

The prototyping tool is based on the TINACloud environment from DesignSoft, who partnered with Infineon in this project. TINACloud is the online version of the TINA circuit simulation software running on multiple platforms such as PC, laptop, mobile, and tablets. Analogue circuits are modeled in SPICE and can be co-simulated with digital systems using hardware description languages such as VHDL and Verilog or C language. For a greater market penetration, the frontend supports multiple languages.

Infineon Designer can be accessed at www.infineon.com/ifxdesigner, from November 8, 2016. At electronica 2016, Infineon will demonstrate the functionality of the prototyping engine with Arduino shields for lighting and motor control applications and compare the results with real hardware. The demonstration is part of the “Maker’s corner” feature. See www.infineon.com/electronica

Infineon: www.infineon.com