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Electronic Design Automation

Electronic design automation (EDA) is the use of computer programs and specialized computer hardware to design, simulate, verify, manufacture and test electronic systems such as integrated circuits (ICs), IC packaging, and printed circuit boards (PCBs).

What is Electronic Design Automation (EDA)?

EDA (also known as electronic computer-aided design, or ECAD software) is software and specialized hardware electronic engineers use for the design, verification, manufacturing and testing of electronic systems (ICs and PCBs) that power data communications, the internet, modern factories and transportation, consumer devices, and an ever-growing number of digitalized, AI-driven innovations benefiting modern society.

Siemens EDA solutions

Siemens EDA is composed mainly of EDA technologies gained in Siemens Digital Industry Software's 2016 acquisition of Mentor Graphics. As of 2024, Siemens has acquired a dozen other companies and has successfully developed and launched to market over two dozen additional leading-edge EDA product innovations for its EDA business. Siemens EDA is unique in that its EDA portfolio spans IC design, IC packaging (including 3D IC) and printed circuit board design, complementing Digital Industry Software's mechanical, PLM and enterprise software portfolios – all part of the larger Siemens Xcelerator. Among the many notable products in the Siemens EDA portfolio are:

Analog FastSPICE – Analog FastSPICE is the fastest nanometer circuit verification platform for analog, RF, mixed-signal, and custom digital circuits.

Aprisa - Aprisa is a detail-route-centric physical design platform for the modern system-on-chip (SoC) design.

Calibre – Calibre is a complete IC verification and DFM optimization EDA platform that speeds designs from creation to manufacturing, addressing all sign-off requirements.

Catapult - Catapult High-Level Synthesis (HLS) enables design teams to develop algorithms in C++ and SystemC and more easily implement them in IC designs.

Questa – The Questa platform automates functional verification and debugging of complex SoCs and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), dramatically increasing productivity and helping companies manage resources more efficiently. Questa's best-in-class technologies maximize the effectiveness of verification at the IC block, subsystem, and system levels.

PADS Professional – PADS Professional is a complete PCB design platform that includes board design and analysis technologies, cloud-enabled collaboration, part research and creation, and real-time supply-chain insights.

Solido - The Solido variation-aware design, IP validation and library characterization solutions, powered by proprietary machine learning technologies, are used by 1000s of designers at the top semiconductor companies worldwide to ensure the accuracy and quality of their IC designs.

Symphony – Symphony is the industry's fastest and most configurable mixed-signal solution to accurately verify design functionality, connectivity, and performance across A/D interfaces at all levels of the design hierarchy and for all IC applications.

Tanner - An enterprise-ready, custom IC design flow supporting FinFET and planar analog, analog mixed-signal IC and MEMS designs.

Tessent - Tessent Silicon Lifecycle Management solutions include advanced test, debug, safety & security features and in-life data analytics to meet the evolving challenges of today's silicon lifecycle.

Veloce - Veloce CS is the leading hardware software and system validation platform. It includes the Veloce Strato CS emulation platform, Veloce Primo CS enterprise prototyping platform, and Veloce proFPGA CS software prototyping platform, meeting the demands of complex chips, software, and systems.

Xpedition - Xpedition Enterprise is the industry's most innovative PCB design flow, providing integration from system design definition to manufacturing execution. Its unique technologies can reduce design cycles by 50 percent or more while significantly improving overall quality and resource efficiency.

Learn more about Siemens EDA

Siemens EDA's comprehensive tool portfolio spans IC design, verification and manufacturing - from advanced IC packaging and 3D IC design and manufacturing to systems PCB design, verification and manufacturing.

IC design, verification and manufacturing

Siemens EDA offers a comprehensive tool flow for designing, verifying and manufacturing digital, analog, analog/digital mixed signal and MEMS ICs. It is the pioneer of leveraging AI to enhance its EDA solutions.

Advanced packaging and 3D IC design and manufacturing

Siemens is a pioneer in developing advanced packaging and 3D IC design, verification and manufacturing solutions, the industry's most comprehensive and proven multi-physics flow for the era of 3D IC.

PCB systems design, verification and manufacturing

Siemens EDA is a leader in developing complete flows for designing, verifying and manufacturing printed circuit boards.

Featured EDA innovations

Calibre design solutions

Calibre Design Solutions is the industry leader for IC sign-off, delivering a complete IC verification and DFM optimization EDA platform that speeds designs from creation to manufacturing, addressing all sign-off requirements.

Solido design solutions

The Solido variation-aware design, IP validation and library characterization solutions, powered by proprietary AI and machine learning technologies, are used by 1000s of designers at the top semiconductor companies worldwide.

Veloce CS system

Veloce CS is the leading hardware software and system validation platform, including the Veloce Strato CS emulation platform, Veloce Primo CS enterprise prototyping platform, and Veloce proFPGA CS software prototyping platform.