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ANSYS Simplorer is an intuitive, multi-domain, multi-technology simulation program that enables engineers to simulate complex power electronic and electrically controlled systems. Simplorer's powerful technology allows you to analyze all aspects of large-scale systems, from detailed component analysis to system performance, in a single virtual design environment. With Simplorer, engineers working in the early stages of the design cycle can identify problems that other simulation or build-and-test methods cannot detect, allowing them to maximize product performance and reduce time-to-market.

ANSYS Simplorer is a multi-domain system simulation software with direct couplings to the ANSYS Maxwell for accurate component modeling.

ANSYS Simplorer is a multi-domain system simulation software with direct
couplings to the ANSYS Maxwell for accurate component modeling.

Simplorer seamlessly integrates multiple system-based modeling techniques (circuits, block diagrams, state machines, equation level) and modeling languages (VHDL-AMS, Simplorer Modeling Language, C/C ) that can be used concurrently within the same schematic. This makes Simplorer the ideal tool for systems modeling.With today's rapidly evolving multi-technology systems, interactions between components, sub-assemblies and systems are becoming more complex. For industries where products depend on precise interaction between electromechanical components, power electronic circuits and system-based electrical and mechanical control, Simplorer cuts through the technological chaos and delivers an unequalled level of usability and numerical power. Whether the challenge is developing an electric propulsion system, integrating an electric drive with a motor or developing a new alternative energy system, Simplorer provides the technology you need to virtually explore every aspect of the design and deliver it fast and under budget.

 

Product Features Include:

Multidomain, Multitechnology Simulation Capability

Simplorer offers multiple modeling techniques including circuits, block diagrams, state machines, equation level, and modeling languages such as VHDL-AMS, SML (Simplorer Modeling Language), and C/C . These can be used concurrently, allowing you to easily model analog, digital and mixed signal multidomain designs. This flexibility eliminates the need for error-prone mathematical transformations and model analogies often employed by single-domain simulation tools.

Simplorer provides multiple modeling languages and modeling techniques for maximum accuracy and flexibility.

Simplorer provides multiple modeling languages and modeling techniques for maximum accuracy and flexibility.

Physics-Based Modeling

For system component models requiring the highest level of accuracy, ANSYS Simplorer provides a direct link to industry-leading electromagnetic field simulation software from ANSYS: ANSYS Maxwell, ANSYS Q3D Extractor, ANSYS RMxprt, ANSYS PExprt, ANSYS HFSS, and ANSYS SIwave as well as ANSYS Icepak, ANSYS Rigid Dynamics and ANSYS Mechanical products. The coupling technology and model reduction techniques provide the capability to incorporate detailed physics-based models within Simplorer.

Simplorer can be linked through ANSYS Workbench to ANSYS Rigid Dynamics.

Simplorer can be linked through ANSYS Workbench to ANSYS Rigid Dynamics.

Simulation of a robotic arm and controller simulated with Simplorer and ANSYS Rigid Dynamics

Simulation of a robotic arm and controller simulated with Simplorer and
ANSYS Rigid Dynamics.

Robotic arm motion simulated by ANSYS Rigid Dynamics

Robotic arm motion simulated by ANSYS Rigid Dynamics

VHDL-AMS Modeling

ANSYS Simplorer fully supports the IEEE standard (1076.1) VHDL-AMS modeling language for mixed-signal and multidomain systems. It provides both continuous-time and event-driven modeling semantics, and it is suitable for analog, digital and mixed analog/digital circuits. VHDL-AMS also facilitates modeling of multidomain systems that can include a combination of electrical, mechanical, thermal, hydraulics and magnetic models. Models can be exchanged between different simulation tools that adhere to the VHDL-AMS standard, ensuring compatibility between software tools and preserving legacy models.

The IEEE standard VHDL-AMS modeling language is supported by Simplorer for mixed-signal and multi-domain systems.

The IEEE standard VHDL-AMS modeling language is supported by Simplorer for mixed-signal and multi-domain systems.

Integrated Development Environment

Simplorer provides a powerful environment to develop virtual prototypes that can be shared among hardware and software design groups, allowing users to emulate hardware and simulate the software. In particular, Simplorer libraries can be shared between different users over a network.

Simplorer can emulate hardware and simulate software.

Simplorer can emulate hardware and simulate software.

Statistical Analysis & Optimisation

Simplorer includes parametric, optimisation, sensitivity, statistical and tuning analysis capabilities. These advanced analysis capabilities allow users to optimize the design based on a set of performance measurement criteria and provide insight into design variations and trade-offs. Statistical analysis has fully integrated the SAE VHDL-AMS statistical package.

Distributed Analysis

Six sigma analysis, statistical analysis and parametric studies often require a large number of simulations to be performed. ANSYS Simplorer can leverage available computing power on your network with distributed analysis options for fast turnaround of large variations, without any comprise on granularity of the explored domains.

Simulator Performance Technology

ANSYS Simplorer's unique simulator coupling and cosimulation technologies utilize a data exchange backbone, which connects to optimum simulators with numerical algorithms specifically tuned for the multidomain nature of dynamic systems. These technologies allow users to create high-fidelity models across multiple domains, at different levels of abstraction, and to simulate the entire complex system.

Cosimulation

ANSYS Simplorer can cosimulate with critical systems and software application technology from Esterel, an ANSYS subsidiary. The SCADE suite includes embedded software within a system simualtion. With this cosimulation capability, users can virtually validate power electronic and mechatronic systems earlier in the design process by including embedded software generated by the SCADE suite with the hardware, including electrical, mechanical and fluidic subsystems modeled in Simplorer.

C/C++ programs, MATLAB/Simulink, ModelSim, Questa Advanced Simulator, Mathcad and other specialized programs can be directly integrated into Simplorer. This allows you to utilize customized code and existing feedback/control legacy design. The direct integration of models in their native environment avoids model translation, saves design time, and allows communication and model exchange across departments and between suppliers and OEMs.

Device Characterisation Tools

ANSYS Simplorer supports powerful device and system component characterization tools, including IGBT model generation and DC/DC converter behavioral modeling. These tools, developed in collaboration with industry-leading experts, allow users to easily characterize IGBTs and DC/DC converters creating behavioral, average, and dynamic models for use in Simplorer.

Semiconductor Device Characterization Tool (IGBT)
Simplorer offers two types of IGBT characterization (dynamic and average). The dynamic model yields more accurate switching details, while the average model simulates much faster and incorporates average modeling techniques for switching losses. Both utilize data sheet information from the manufacturer as inputs for the characterization.

Simplorer includes an IGBT characterization tool for the creation of accurate semiconductor models.

Simplorer includes an IGBT characterization tool for the creation of
accurate semiconductor models.

Power Module Characterization Tool (DC/DC Converters)
Simplorer offers a unique approach to modeling DC/DC converters based on data sheets and test data. This tool treats the DC/DC converter as a black box: Details of the power stage and feedback control are not required. The resultant model is created in VHDL-AMS and can be imported into Simplorer for the overall power system simulation. Because this is a behavioral model and not a switching model, simulation times are greatly improved over a discrete implementation of the converter. The tool comes with a vast library of existing models from a long list of converter manufacturers. Note that this tool is available in the SMPS power package option.

Simplorer includes characterization tool for easy creation of DC/DC converter models.

Simplorer includes characterization tool for easy creation of
DC/DC converter models.

Scripting

The powerful scripting feature opens APIs in the Simplorer environment, allowing Simplorer to be embedded into existing design flows. The scripting capability, including script recording, is language independent so users can work with popular scripting languages such as Visual Basic, Java and IronPython and interact easily with other tools supporting the Microsoft .com interface.

 
             
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This image is an example of the technology’s VHDL-AMS modeling of a throttle controller in an automobile. New IGBT Device Characterization tool in Simplorer software, which enables users to quickly and accurately create average and dynamic models of power semiconductor devices.
   
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