Infineon has unveiled Infineon Designer, which the company says is the first online prototyping engine combining analog and digital simulation functionalities in an internet application. The tool comes with diverse application circuits in the domain of Industrial Power, Lighting, Motor Control and Mobile/RF frontend design.
Requiring a web browser only, it is a perfect match for supporting customers 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 tool enables analog/digital co-simulation of the 32-bit XMC1000 industrial microcontroller ARM Cortex-M0 series, using the free-of-charge code generation platform DAVE.
The 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. Therefore, hardware for testing and iterations can be saved at an early stage, Infineon says.
The prototyping tool is based on the easy-to-use 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. Analog 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.
The tool can be accessed at www.infineon.com/ifxdesigner by November 8, 2016. Its functionality will be demonstrated at electronica 2016, with Arduino shields for lighting and motor control applications and comparison of the results with real hardware.
For further details, view the full Press release.