SiSoft and MathWorks to Demonstrate New Signal Integrity, SerDes, and Mixed-Signal Design Solutions at DesignCon 2019

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 29, 2019 — SiSoft today announced new Signal Integrity, SerDes, and Mixed-Signal design solutions developed jointly with MathWorks which will be on display this week at DesignCon. SerDes architects using MATLAB and Simulink can accurately model analog imperfections and link their designs to SiSoft QCD/QSI using standard compliant IBIS-AMI models and perform channel analysis and visualization. DesignCon is happening January 29–31, 2019 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

At DesignCon 2019, SiSoft is showcasing the next generation of SerDes design and IBIS-AMI modelling solutions for high-speed applications including DDR5, PCIe4, and emerging standards using PAM4 modulation. The ongoing SiSoft-MathWorks partnership has yielded two new products - Mixed-Signal Blockset and SerDes Toolbox - that focus on top-down design of Analog Mixed-Signal components such as PLLs, ADCs, and SerDes systems and algorithms.

“The next generation of high-speed serial and parallel interconnects require sophisticated equalization algorithms and higher order modulation. Consequently, flexibility in system-level analysis and modeling is crucial for SerDes architects, signal integrity engineers, and IBIS-AMI modelers,” noted Barry Katz, SiSoft’s president and CTO. “That’s why we are particularly excited to work with MathWorks and integrate SiSoft’s QCD/QSI with MATLAB and Simulink for AMI model development. We have created a complete workflow where SerDes architects can innovate more rapidly and adjust their AMI models in real time to validate requirements.”

“Mixed-Signal Blockset extends the Simulink platform for top-down design and verification of analog and mixed signal components and systems,” noted Arun Mulpur, Communication Electronics Semiconductors industry manager at MathWorks. “Engineers can now quickly create detailed behavioral models and use them throughout the design process – from design exploration all the way to verification.”

As frequencies and data rates increase, impairments need to be anticipated and corrected. The new products jointly developed by SiSoft and MathWorks provide a methodology to capture analog and digital effects at the system-level. With proven models and algorithms, system designers can more rapidly explore innovative architectures – for example incorporating timing errors, loop dynamics, and phase noise. Using the same mixed-signal model, system designers can also test and prototype the implementation, and share it with customers and colleagues as executable specifications.

About SiSoft

SiSoft collaborates with customers and their suppliers to develop innovative solutions to the world’s toughest high-speed design problems. SiSoft accelerates design cycles through a combination of award-winning EDA simulation software, methodology training and consulting services. Quantum Channel Designer (QCD) is the industry’s premier channel simulator for the design and analysis of Multi-Gigabit serial links and a DesignVision Award Winner. Quantum-SI (QSI) is the leading solution for integrated signal integrity, timing and crosstalk analysis of high-speed parallel interfaces. SiSoft’s products automate comprehensive pre- and post-route analysis of high-speed interfaces, detailing a design’s operating voltage and timing margins. More information on SiSoft and our activities at DesignCon 2019 can be found at

About MathWorks

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design for multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MATLAB and Simulink are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world's universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 4000 people in 16 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. For additional information, visit

About DesignCon

DesignCon is the world’s premier conference for chip, board and systems design engineers in the high-speed communications and semiconductor communities. DesignCon, created by engineers for engineers, takes place annually in Silicon Valley and remains the largest gathering of chip, board and systems designers in the country. This three-day technical conference and two-day expo combines technical paper sessions, tutorials, industry panels, product demos and exhibits from the industry’s leading experts and solutions providers. More information is available at: DesignCon is organized by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organizer in the world. To learn more and for the latest news and information, visit and

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