Talking bout a revolution...
Developed by IntelliSense to answer the unique needs of the microsystem and nanosystem community, SYNPLE is a system-level simulator for multi-scale (macro, micro, nano) phenomenon simulations. As a MEMS design professional, you always seek new ways to realize your designs and, ultimately, bring them to market. With SYNPLE, you can. This revolutionary tool will enable you to work in multiple domains - simply and without limits.
Expand your horizons
Do your current simulation tools stifle the reach of your imagination? Impose limitations on your designs and work product? SYNPLE will allow you to follow your out-of-the-box vision - and create simulations to match. SYNPLEs advanced element libraries, user-defined elements and a user-expandable architecture will significantly increase your present multi-physical simulation capabilities. As a result, you can explore a whole new design universe and be as creative as you want to be!
Maximize creativity, time and savings
When IntelliSense developed the SYNPLE system-level simulator, we incorporated user benefits that would make a real difference to your bottom line, rather than adding lots of extraneous bells and whistles. First and foremost, SYNPLE enables you to explore a large design space in a short amount of time - which maximizes your time and creativity. To save time further, it allows you to funnel, and quickly whittle down, a large number of design options.
And to minimize your manufacturing costs, SYNPLE makes it possible to understand the ultimate impact of your design parameters on manufacturing yield. Enjoy maximum creativity at minimum time and cost - its that SYNPLE!
System Simulation Made Simple
While SYNPLEs range is wide enough to create complex simulations, its user interface is exactly what the name implies - simple! In fact, if youve ever created a flow chart (who hasnt in this business?), then youll take to SYNPLE like a fish to water. By relying extensively on the familiar "drag-and-drop" function, rather than arcane interfaces, its both easy to learn and easy to use.
Automatic bus-based wiring
SYNPLEs new auto-wiring feature eliminates the need to manually connect all of your elements. Thermal, electrical, mechanical, piezoresistive, and electronic properties are all connected through one bus-based wire. Not only does this make the schematic much easier to read, it eliminates the tedious task of drawing multiple wires, allowing you to focus on whats really important - designing!
SYNPLEs auto-wiring feature makes it easy to build up a complex device in minutes. Thermal, electrostatic, mechanical, piezo, and electronic properties are all connected through one bus-based wire. Friendly manager windows make it easy to define your ambient fluid parameters, material properties, and element parameters. Just input the data once and it will be automatically saved and inserted into the relevant calculations.
To further your capabilities, IntelliSense ships SYNPLE with an extensive line of comprehensive element libraries for your use. These include analog, digital, mixed-signal, micromechanics, semi-conductor, MEMS and biological libraries. You can even use advanced elements such as multi-layer, CMOS, or piezoelectric beams. Whether it be radial comb drives or common MEMS spring designs, weve taken into account everything that a MEMS designer would need.
Develop from the top, down
SYNPLEs top down modeling capability enables you to drag and drop individual elements from different domains and wire them up to create complex systems. For instance, you might use elements from SYNPLEs MEMS library - which includes atomic elements like beams and plates, compound elements like serpentine springs and comb drives, and device elements like switches, accelerometers and gyros - to create your own complex systems from the bottom up.
Build from the bottom, up
Is bottom-down modeling a more desirable capability for your needs? If so, then SYNPLE makes that simple as well - allowing you to import your existing finite element models and combine them into new, more complex systems.
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3D Macro-modeling in Synple (click picture to play movie)
IntelliSuite extracted system models are full 3D models. Hence, Synple can provide full 3D output of the system response. As a result the response of a device to a complex mechanical or electrical input can be captured accurately. (a) Extracted beam model responding to a 50 kHz voltage input, note the initial deformation in the beam shape due to residual stress effects (b) the same beam responding to a 3 MHz voltage input (c) a micro-mirror response showing multiple modes being actuated.
The seamless integration of System Model Extractor (SME) with SYNPLE is a powerful combination that allows you to create accurate N-DOF (n degrees of freedom) device-level black box models that fully capture the dynamic and harmonic responses of even the most complex of MEMS devices. Our tests have shown a 100-1000x improvement in speed in performing dynamic analyses compared with traditional FEA.
Automated mask synthesis
Picture this: youve explored a large design space using a schematic-based tool like SYNPLE, and now your device design is optimized. Time to spend tedious hours drawing your mask layout, right? Wrong! The MEMS Synthesis feature will extract a fab-ready layout from your schematic with one click. This isnt any simplified layout either - you can easily generate real-world details like stress relief curves, etch compensation features, dimples, and bumpers. Making a change to your design? Why spend hours modifying your layout when you can change the device parameters in SYNPLE and generate a new mask set in seconds?
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One click synthesis
Synple goes from schematic to mask layout, meshed model for full verification or to process flow in one click. (a) Mask synthesis in action (b) Synthesized masks include real world features such as stress relief curves, bumpers, dimples and other esoteric features, saving you time (c)and now synthesis capabilities extend to full Hexahedral mesh generation thanks to the magic of Hexpresso.
Hexahedral mesh synthesis
As if this wasnt enough, you can use the MEMS Synthesis feature to take your design two steps further! The synthesis routines can convert the schematic to a process flow to be used as a basis for your fabrication. In addition, you can use the Hexpresso meshing engine to automatically convert your schematic to a 3D meshed model ready for multiphysics analysis.
DfM In Action (click to enlarge)
In addition to design exploration, Synple allows you to perform Design for Manufacturability studies such as sensitivities to design parameters, paretos, process corner analyses or full Monte Carlo simulations for yield estimation.
Schematic based 3D System modeling
Graphs and charts are great, but havent you ever wished you could really see what the behavior of your system looks like? Now you can! SYNPLE can directly export the results of your simulation to the 3D post-processing module VisualEase. In VisualEase, you can view full 3D animations of your system simulations.
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Fast 3D results (click picture to play movie)
Synple allows you visualize your system response in 3D without having to go through tedious FEA modeling. 3d results can be obtained in seconds. 3D animations of classic MEMS systems are shown above. This includes, a Bandpass filter, a mode matched tuning fork gyro and the classic Tang Resonator.
Powerful data analysis
SYNPLE links to the new WaveRunner waveform and data analysis tool. With WaveRunner, you can easy create and export professional-looking plots. WaveRunner comes with a number of plot templates ranging from simple charts to Bode plots to sophisticated trajectory plots and parametric exploration 3D plots so that you can explore your data with ease. Multiple cursors (x and y) are available to measure distances along any dimension. Whether youre creating a multi-curve or Monte Carlo plot (or any plot in between), you wont find a result analysis tool that is more powerful or easier to use.
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Multitude of plot templates
WaveRunner capabilities extend from simple waveform analysis to sophisticated data analysis. Users can create and explore data in a number of publication ready formats.