nApex

nApex (formerly PhysAPEX) is Nimbic’s accelerated full-3D electro-magneto-quasi-static extractor (EMQS). nApex enables designers of chip interfaces, redistribution layer, package, board, system, and SiP, to rapidly and accurately extract reliable and complete SPICE models in a fully automated manner. nApex is ideally suited for power integrity, low-frequency SSN/SSO, and complete-system SPICE model generation while accounting for skin effect impact on resistance and inductance. The EMQS nature enables faster runtimes than full-wave simulations.

Whether the specific application is related to high-performance microprocessor design, or low-cost ASIC and system design, power integrity, signal integrity, or simultaneous switching noise, nApex provides effective solutions given its industry-leading ability to handle large designs 20x-100x faster than other equivalent solutions with full-3D gold-standard EMQS accuracy. The intuitive GUI enables users working with the latest system-in-package (SiP),  package-on-package (PoP), stacked die, and multi-chip module (MCM) scenarios to easily extract accurate models with minimum extraneous effort on boundary conditions and port definitions.

nApex is built from the ground up to exploit multi-core and hybrid architectures, as well as to utilize the best of fast solver technologies to enable rapid simulation on single and multiple cores.

 

nApex – Accelerated Extraction of SPICE Models for Chip-Through-System Designs
 

 

nApex enables rapid electrical model and SPICE netlist generation for use in all aspects of signal integrity and power integrity design, and simultaneous switching analysis. This includes simultaneous handling of power and signal nets of significantly different impedances.  nApex features GDS, package and board import capability from all industry standard formats as well as intuitive and fast 3D model merging and combining utilities within an integrated workspace.

nApex uses a proprietary loss modeling technique to capture the DC and skin-depth based high-frequency behavior of resistance and inductance. The broadband behavior is represented using a single frequency-independent circuit in the output SPICE model.

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nApex View

nApex’s deep IP and rich feature list enables users to choose from multiple modes and design-enabling features.  Users can obtain impedance, resistance, conductance, capacitance, inductance, and complete SPICE netlists, with or without skin-effect frequency dependence, place chip layers and multiple packages and package types on boards and observe electrical behavior through the integrated chip through system.

nApex integrates tightly with existing design flows in a seamless fashion, thereby enabling efficient frontend and backend integration.

Design Flow

nApex offers an integrated quasi-static 3D SI and PI solution in the same software framework and seamlessly fits into standard CAD flows.  nApex directly imports geometry in widely used CAD formats and produces output models that are compatible with standard circuit simulation engines.

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nApex Design Flow