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Ansys RaptorX
Getting Started

Course Overview

This hands-on course is designed to teach you how to use RaptorX, the Ansys silicon-optimized electromagnetic solver, to generate and utilize electromagnetic (EM) models within a traditional custom IC design flow.

The course will start by explaining how to enable RaptorX for a particular foundry technology through a process configuration tool that runs in GUI and batch mode. Then it will guide you by example to the fundamentals of the RaptorX electromagnetic solver within a traditional custom IC design platform. The last part will teach you which RaptorX settings you should take advantage of in order to extract the most complex RFICs and SoCs with the lowest hardware resources and the highest electromagnetic modelling accuracy.

Prerequisites

  • Basic understanding of custom IC design flows and electromagnetics
  • Some general familiarity with EM solvers
  • No prior knowledge or experience of RaptorX is required

Target Audience

AMS, RF IC/high-speed digital SoC designers, CAD engineers

Teaching Method

Self-paced slide presentation and computer practical sessions to validate acquired knowledge. Emphasis is placed on tool background & methodology as well as demonstrations. 

Learning Outcome

Following completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of EM modelling in custom IC design flows.
  • Outline some of the fundamental concepts of RaptorX.
  • Describe the value of using RaptorX in a custom IC design flow.
  • Understand how RaptorX supports foundry tech files.
  • Describe the general use-model and flow of RaptorX.
  • Navigate the RaptorX UI to generate EM models.
  • Model a real example of an EM structure with RaptorX.
  • Optimize the RaptorX extraction setup to maximize accuracy and minimize extraction time.

 Available Dates

Currently, no training dates available

Learning Options

Training materials for this course are available with a Ansys Learning Hub Subscription. If there is no active public schedule available, private training can be arranged. Please contact us.

 

Agenda

Ansys RaptorX Getting Started is a half-day course and comprises of the following:

Ansys RaptorX: How to Create RaptorX Techfiles

This 30-minute virtual training session covers:

  • Overview of the RaptorX environment setup. 
  • RaptorX inputs. 
  • Introducing Process Configurator. 
  • Process Configurator example with iRCX input in UI mode. 
  • Process Configurator output: Review the generated RaptorX enablement.
  • Set up RaptorX user environment and run sanity checks.
  • Process Configurator example with iRCX in batch mode: Review inputs and outputs (RaptorX tech files).
  • Process Configurator Batch mode vs UI: Decide which flow is better suited to requirements.

Ansys RaptorX: Introduction to Ansys Silicon-Optimized Electromagnetic Solver

This 1-hour virtual training session covers:

  • Overview of the importance of electromagnetic modeling. 
  • Introducing RaptorX.
  • RaptorX tech files.
  • Power Amplifier case study: Running RaptorX extraction in layout- or GDS-based mode.
  • RaptorX extraction modes (Fast EM, Golden EM, Parasitic Extraction) and meshing.
  • Voltage Controlled Oscillator (VCO) case study: Simulating with RaptorX models.

Ansys RaptorX: How to Extract the Most Complex RFICs and High-Speed SoCs with RaptorX

This 1-hour virtual training session covers:

  • Overview of RaptorX simulation settings.
  • Description of the RaptorX solution process.
  • Discussion of which solver settings can be adjusted when modelling large SoCs.
  • Detail reduction in simulation time vs. solver settings for modelling large SoCs.