[SI-LIST] : Hspice: Windows vs Unix

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From: Anthony Davidson (adavidson@lanterncom.com)
Date: Mon Apr 09 2001 - 13:25:18 PDT


We are looking at Star-Hspice from Avanti! as a signal integrity analysis
tool to evaluate/analyze high speed interconnects. We have decided to
purchase some licenses but now we have to decide to buy a Windows version or
a Unix (Solaris, I believe) version.

According to Avanti!, Windows Hspice is a subset of Unix Hspice. The
information I have is this:

CMI is not supported on Windows. CMI is a development library allowing one
to create MOSFET models in C. This will prevent us from using any vendor's
MOSFET model that was generated with CMI, however, this may not be a problem
because most manufacturers use the BSIM3 model nowadays. Does anybody know
if BSIM3 models are better/worse than models generated with CMI? Will I be
limited in anyway by not having CMI?

Avanti! says that some 3rd party output formats are only supported on Unix,
such as CadenceLink and MentorLink. Does anybody have any experiences they
can describe using such links? What do these links allow you to do?

Finally, has anybody used Hspice on both Windows and Unix platforms? Would
you say that you prefer one platform over the other? Why?

Any other comments would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your help!!

Anthony Davidson

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