I need to determine if the clock signal inside a multichip module shall suffer from high speed effects i.e reflection and ringing. I have:

(1) IBIS models of the components inside the multi-chip module

(2) The IBIS models in (1) converted to PSpice Models

(3) length of PCB tracks of the clock signals and the propagation delay on them and their characteristic impedance

(4) Cadence Design suite with the following software:

Allegro PCB Planner
Design Entry CIS
Design Entry HDL Rules Checker
Design Entry HDL
FPGA System Planner
Library Explorer
License Client Configuration Utility
OrCAD Capture CIS
OrCAD Capture LITE
OrCAD Capture View-Only
OrCAD Capture
Package Designer
PCB Editor
PCB Route
Physical Viewer
Project Manager
PSpice AD
PSpice Advanced Analysis
SiP Digital Architect
System Architect

There are also some more directories

AMS Simulator
PCB Editor Utilities
PCB SI Utilities
PSpice Accessories

What do I do next to carry out this signal integrity simulation? If the clock signal starts from the oscillator and then after a few milimeters, splits into multiple tracks which connect to different components, does that cause impedance discontinuity and thus high speed effects?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Branching off is an immediate discontinuity and so you will get reflections. How long the branches + edge time will determine if its an issue or not. If the clocks are critical, consider a clock buffer and do point to point connections. \$\endgroup\$
    – efox29
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 21:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ The design is done and it works, I just need to do a simulation to show some external people that well, it will not suffer from high speed effects. How do I model the transmission line I mean the PCB track? How do I model a PCB track that splits? I really don't know how to do this in SPICE. Or perhaps the Cadence Design Suite has some special software to do this??? \$\endgroup\$
    – quantum231
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 22:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ If the board is already done, then you can show them its performance or take scope measurements. And I would suspect if you aren't already familiar with this sort of thing, the simulation might give you false simulation readings due to incorrect modelling. How would you then know it was modeled correctly ? Can you not show them physical performance ? \$\endgroup\$
    – efox29
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 22:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ Physical measurements are difficult. it is a multi-chip hybrid i.e a package with multiple dies inside on a single substrate. You said "How would you then know it was modeled correctly?", that is why I have posted this question here. \$\endgroup\$
    – quantum231
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 23:51

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The tool you are looking for is called SigXplorer. Since you have the PCB SI license, I suspect it's part of your package. Try Start>Run and then type SigXplorer.

It will allow you to do things like this:

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Your colors will be different, but you get the idea. Let me know if you need help with this.

  • \$\begingroup\$ perfect. So can I extract all the PCB track information from the PCB files? How do I enter the IBIS models into this? It seems that there are not many tutorials on this software. \$\endgroup\$
    – quantum231
    Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 18:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ The "red" symbols are the IBIS models. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 19, 2015 at 5:58

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