Saber eUpdate October 2010 


NEW: SaberRD Demo/Student Edition – Free Download for Academic and Personal Use
The SaberRD Demo/Student Edition is now available to download for academic, demonstration, and personal use. Designed to support academic curriculum and to provide the technical community with an easy way to gain firsthand experience with the Saber tools, the SaberRD Demo/Student Edition provides a complete desktop environment for modeling, simulating, and analyzing complex power systems.

The SaberRD Demo/Student Edition is identical to the commercial product, with the exception of the following limitations:
  • Number of analog matrix variables is limited to 50
  • Number of schematic nodes is limited to 30
  • Number of runs in a Monte Carlo analysis or Parametric Sweep is limited to 10
  • Schematics created in the Demo/Student Edition cannot be opened in the commercial product
  • Simulation results files (waveform plotfiles, reports) are not portable between the Demo/Student Edition and the commercial product
  • Compiled Libraries are not portable between the Demo/Student Edition and the commercial product
  • Support for Grid Computing and Distributed Iterative Analysis is disabled
  • Support for encrypting MAST and VHDL-AMS models is disabled

The SaberRD Demo/Student Edition is supported on Windows 7, Vista, and XP, and requires a valid email address and internet connection to activate the installation.

Download the SaberRD Demo/Student Edition today. Also consider becoming part of the online Saber user community by registering for the Saber User Forum.

SaberRD Demo/Student Edition

2010 Saber Power Systems Simulation Seminar
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October 21, 2010
Novi, Michigan, USA
Sheraton Detroit Novi
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Seminar Overview
This free technical seminar provides a forum to learn about Saber for physical modeling, simulation, and analysis of electrical and multi-domain power systems. The program includes presentations, tutorials, and demonstrations of the latest advances of the Saber product line as well as users discussing how they are successfully using Saber to design more reliable systems.

Who Should Attend:
Managers and engineers who design and analyze electrical and multi-domain power systems, with applications in generation, conversion, distribution, analog & power electronics, electric machines and drives, EMI/EMC, or mechatronics.

Seminar Topics
  • Saber physical modeling and simulation for automotive, aerospace, and industrial control applications
  • Designing for Reliability with simulation-based methods (WCA, FMEA)
  • EMC/EMI simulation capabilities and techniques
  • Mechatronic component modeling
  • Automotive embedded software development and system testing using virtualized embedded hardware
  • Updates on the latest Saber product releases
    • Including SaberRD and the SaberRD Demo/Student Edition

Visit the Saber Power Systems Simulation Seminar page to view the detailed agenda.

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What's New in the Saber 2010.09 Release?
The Saber 2010.09 release is now available for download on SolvNet. This full feature release includes the latest version of SaberRD as well as new analysis tools, usability enhancements, and quality improvements to the Saber Simulation, Saber Harness, and CosmosScope products.

Release highlights include:
  • Enhanced IGBT Tool and Model – Quicker, higher-quality IGBT characterizations from datasheets or measurements. Integrated optimizer and enhanced Scanned Data Utility improve ease of use.
  • Silicon Carbide (SiC) Support in Diode Tool – Create SiC power diode models from datasheets or measurements.
  • Power Electronics Bridge Models with Thermal Behavior – Enhances the existing library of bridge topologies to include static and dynamic thermal behavior.
  • Model Documentation – Automatically generated from VHDL-AMS source code.
  • Updated MATLAB / Simulink Interfaces – Added support for MATLAB R2010a and Simulink RTW Model Export on Linux platforms.

For more details, refer to the Saber 2010.09 Release Notes available on SolvNet.

Events & Webinars

SAE Convergence 2010
October 19-20, 2010
Cobo Center
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Visit Synopsys in Booth #615

VDI Congress Baden-Baden Special 2010
October 13-14, 2010
Baden-Baden, Germany
Visit Synopsys in Booth #15

Simulation in Photovoltaics with TCAD Sentaurus and Saber: From Solar Cells to Systems

As solar cell manufacturers strive to reduce the cost and increase the conversion efficiency of their products, simulation has emerged as an important tool to provide insight into cell operation and point the way toward more efficient designs. In this webinar we present the optimization of rear point contact solar cells using 3-D TCAD simulation, illustrating how process and structure variables impact the performance.

The second part of the webinar addresses system-level simulation of photovoltaic arrays, including the behavioral modeling of solar modules and the simulation of the array inverter and control electronics. The combination of TCAD and system-level photovoltaic simulation provides a complete virtual prototyping environment, allowing engineers to evaluate the impact of new cell technologies at the system level.

Saber User Tip: Using PSpice Models in SaberRD

Did you know that you can easily reuse most PSpice component models in a SaberRD design?

SaberRD's Spice Model Wizard automates the conversion of a PSpice subcircuit and quickly generates the accompanying symbol for use with SaberRD. For greater flexibility, the Spice-to-Saber Translator (SST) supports special syntax handling, batch conversions, and command line operation.

Read this SolvNet article to learn how to use the SaberRD Spice Model Wizard.