Saber simulation, physical modeling

Accelerate Innovation by Optimizing System Performance and Reliability

Saber is a proven platform for modeling and simulating physical systems, enabling full-system virtual prototyping for applications in analog/power electronics, electric power generation/conversion/distribution and mechatronics.

Decades of industry success and innovation have earned Saber a reputation as the solution of choice for design validation and optimization for automotive, aerospace, industrial power and energy systems.

Focus: Virtualize power electronic and mechatronic systems to optimize performance and reliability

  • Accelerate the electrification of automotive, aerospace and industrial systems
  • Increase hardware quality and reduce prototyping iterations
  • Connect the physical system to the rest of the electronics and software design

SaberRD: Integrated Environment for Physical Modeling and Simulation

  • Easy to use—Windows-based IDE
  • Novice accessibility—Expert flexibility
  • Proven technology

SaberESD: Completely Unified Tool for Electric System Design and Verification

  • Integrated logical, physical and harness data flow for electrical system design from concept to manufacturing
  • Interface with the leading 3D MCAD engineering tools
  • Single database ensures correct by construction and eliminates data translation errors

Download Demo/Student versionKey benefits and design goals:

  • Verify behavior of multi-domain physical systems (electrical, thermal, mechanical, magnetic, hydraulic, etc.)
  • Optimize system for performance, reliability, and cost using Robust Design methods
  • Unmatched model accuracy, model libraries and modeling tools for power electronic systems
  • Support for MAST and VHDL-AMS language standards
  • Apply a range of analysis capabilities to reach performance goals, reduce effects of variation, and bound worst case behavior
  • Create and simulate 1000s of virtual prototypes with grid computing
  • Communicate throughout the supply chain with secure model exchange

Benefits of Saber Simulation

  • Increase reliability for mechatronic systems, PCBs & wire harnesses
  • Implement Robust Design analyses such as stress, sensitivity, Monte Carlo, etc.
  • Quickly create a virtual system design
  • Reduce the need for physical prototypes
  • Increase model portability with language standards VHDL-AMS & MAST
  • Ensure accuracy by accessing a library of 30,000+ models
  • Create models quickly with model characterization tools
  • Protect intellectual property with model encryption
  • Integrate with popular 3D CAD tools (Catia V5, Siemens(UGS), Pro/E)
  • Verify hardware/software interaction with co-simulation
  • Integrate: MATLAB/Simulink, Zuken, Mentor Graphics, Cadence, Synopsys VCS
  • Use grid computing to minimize time for compute intensive statistical analyses

By using Saber to implement a Robust Design methodology, design project teams achieve target reliability, while optimizing the design for performance and cost. The reliability and cost problems associated with over/under-design are avoided and the project schedule is shortened because hardware prototype iterations are reduced or eliminated.


Saber Automotive Applications Solutions

  • In-vehicle Networks (FlexRay, CAN, LIN)
  • Power Networks
  • Powertrain & Electric / Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (EV / HEV)
  • Wire Harness

Saber Aerospace Applications Solutions

  • Avionics Networks
  • Power Networks & Power Conversion
  • Flight Control Systems
  • Wire Harness

Saber Solar Applications Solutions

  • Power Electronics
  • Tracking & Control Systems
  • Power Distribution Networks

Synopsys Automotive Industry Solutions

  • IC
  • IC Manufacturing
  • Embedded Software
  • FPGA
  • PCB
  • Systems

Robust Design

Benefits of Robust Design Methodology

  • Improve ROI
    • Reduce need for physical prototypes (time and $$)
  • Reduce time to market
    • Eliminate design problems early (no ECOs on production line)
  • Improve Product Quality
    • Reduce product recalls and field failures
  • Manage supply chain using same principles
    • Recursive benefits based in modeling methodology

Saber Advantages

  • Efficient implementation of all Robust Design analyses
  • Fast virtual system design supported by 30,000+ models
  • Compute intensive statistical analyses performed with grid computing
  • Accurate model creation with model characterization tools
  • Increased model portability with standards MAST & VHDL-AMS
  • Intellectual property protected with model encryption

Article: Improving System Reliability Using the Saber Simulator in a Robust Design Flow

SAE Paper: Designing Automotive Subsystems Using Virtual Manufacturing & Distributed Computing (GM)


Model Language Standards and Encryption: MAST and VHDL-AMS 
VHDL-AMS and MAST provide for comprehensive simulation and portability to other design teams or companies in the development cycle. The ability to encrypt these models is crucial for protecting intellectual property.

Saber Models: Analog/Mixed-Signal, Multi-Level, and Multi-Domain 
Comprehensive simulation requires the flexibility to model a wide range of component types at various levels of abstraction. Abstraction levels range from high-level architectural models to detailed behavioral models that mimic the physical attributes of the actual device. Model domains include electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, control, magnetic, thermal, optical, and more.

Saber Component and Template Model Libraries 
Access to existing, proven models is one of the most valuable advantages to a design team applying system simulation. Saber users have access to 30,000+ characterized models and model templates for mechatronic, semiconductor, power electronics, in-vehicle networks, and a wide range of component types.

Saber Modeling Tools
Easy to use graphical model creation tools allow for fast turn-around even for those with no experience with modeling languages. Saber modeling tool categories include:

  • Model Creation (e.g. Table Lookup, State Machine)
  • Model Characterization (e.g. Power MOSFET tool)
  • Model Conversion (i.e. Spice to Saber converter)
  • MAST modeling
  • OpenMAST