SystemNav 

CAD navigation for printed circuit boards, multi-chip modules, and stacked die applications 

Overview
SystemNav™ is a layout visualizing and signal tracing CAD navigation software solution for printed circuit board (PCB), multi-chip module (MCM) and stacked die applications. It extends Synopsys’ Camelot™ dielevel failure analysis capabilities to the packaging industry. SystemNav is the only commercially available tool able to integrate multiple, interactive IC and PCB circuit debugging and online tracing with CAD navigation capabilities. SystemNav allows rapid signal traces on dies, stacked dies, MCMs and PCBs. Fab teams can now trace a signal from chip to board, back to chip and then quickly navigate failure analysis tools to X, Y locations to determine the root cause of the fault.

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SystemNav is a part of the failure analysis product portfolio originally developed by Knights Technology. The Knights product line was acquired by Synopsys as part of its acquisition of Magma in 2012.

Benefits
  • SystemNav displays board-level layout data while Camelot’s MaskView™ displays chip- or die-level layout data
  • SystemNav and MaskView allow interactive tracing or highlighting of the layout and electrical connectivity
  • SystemNav and MaskView have similar GUIs, easing adoption
  • SystemNav provides many of Camelot’s board-level failure analysis capabilities, including 2D and 3D cross sectioning
Flexibility
  • Supports industry-standard file formats including OASIS, Virtuoso, Gerber, GDSII and AutoCAD Drawing Exchange Format (DXF)
  • Adapts to many applications
  • Can be added as an option to Camelot

View of Packaged die and electrical trace
Figure 1: View of Packaged die and electrical trace within SystemNav Window and 3D Cross Section View

SystemNav supports and guides placement of single and multiple die data
Figure 2: SystemNav supports and guides placement of single and multiple die data

How It’s Used
  • Launch SystemNav using the boardlevel layout data
  • Place individual or multiple die data into the proper position on the board. The GUI will guide the placement
  • To trace, select the board-level signal from SystemNav or die-level signal from MaskView ``Use same method to direct equipment drivers as with MaskView

System and Hardware Requirements
SystemNav has the same software and hardware requirements as Camelot. It supports Windows, Linux and Solaris platforms:

Windows
  • Operating system: Windows 2000/XP
  • Single/multi CPU system
  • 2 GB system memory
  • 100 MB of free disk space for installation
Linux
  • Operating system: Linux 32-bit with Kernel 2.6
  • Single/multi CPU system
  • 2 GB system memory
  • 100 MB of free disk space for installation
Solaris
  • Operating system: Solaris 7 (Sun SPARC)
  • Single/dual CPU system
  • 2 GB system memory
  • 100 MB of free disk space for installation