PSpice Advanced Analysis Option

Cadence® PSpice® Advanced Analysis Option is a circuit simulation software which enables engineers to create virtual prototypes of designs and maximize circuit performance. It combines Sensitivity, Monte Carlo, Smoke (stress) analysis, Parametric analysis and an Optimizer to provide an expanded environment to take design analysis beyond simulation. Used in conjunction with the core PSpice simulation engine the PSpice® Advanced Analysis Option maximizes design performance, yield, cost-effectiveness and reliability.


PSpice Advanced Analysis Overview

Advanced Analysis helps address the following engineer’s concerns:

The design might work correctly in the "lab," but can we go to production with it?

•   Will it operate correctly -

◦   Over manufacturing tolerance variations?

◦   Outside of temperature range?

◦   Over its full operating range?

◦   With age?

•  Are the individual components being over-stressed?

•  Will it fail in test or in the field?

•  Are there critical sensitivities that will cause problems in the future?

•  Which components will most likely fail during manufacturing?

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PSpice Advanced Analysis Option Technology Highlights

•  Automatic performance optimization algorithms to improve design quality and engineer productivity

•  Find optimum combinations of component values, automatically simulate, evaluate results and adjust component values to reach performance requirements

•  Retarget existing designs with new goals without modifying the layout

•  Go beyond just debugging waveforms—use PSpice@ Advanced Analysis Option to help you optimize your design, improve your design reliability and manufacturing yield and reduce the cost of components.

•  Tight integration with schematic tools for improved accuracy


  • Analog Circuit Optimizer
    Analog Circuit Optimizer

    Analog Circuit Optimizer analyzes analog circuits and systems, fine-tuning designs faster than trial-and-error bench testing. It helps find the best component values to meet performance goals and constraints.

    Use PSpice® Advanced Optimizer Option for:

    • Improving design performance 
    • Updating designs to meet new specifications 
    • Optimizing behavioral models for top-down design and model generation 
    • Efficient time management on final optimizations.
    • Optimizing to a set of goal functions and/or a set of curves.

    View the Demo Video on Optimizer


  • Sensitivity Analysis
    Sensitivity Analysis

    The Sensitivity Analysis identifies which component parameters are critical to the design goals of circuit performance. By analyzing the behavior of components for the entire circuit, it evaluates yield versus cost tradeoffs, thereby maximizing cost-effectiveness.

    Use Sensitivity Analysis in PSpice® Advanced Analysis Option for:

    • Identifying the sensitive components within the circuit, then export the components to Optimizer to fine-tune the circuit behavior.
    • Estimating worst-case performance of the circuit given the device tolerances.
    • Identifying which components affect yield the most, then tighten tolerances of sensitive components and loosen tolerances of non-sensitive components.
    • Enhanced PSpice® Advanced Analysis flow provides the ability to efficiently add global tolerances and distributions.
    • View the demo video on sensitivity analysis with the enhanced PSpice Advanced Analysis flow capabilities. Click here.


  • Monte Carlo Analysis
    Monte Carlo Analysis

    The Monte Carlo Analysis predicts the behavior of a circuit statistically when part values are varied within their tolerance range. Monte Carlo also calculates yield, which can be used for mass manufacturing predictions.

    Use Monte Carlo in PSpice® Advanced Analysis Option for:

    • Calculating yield based on your specifications
    • Calculating statistical data
    • Displaying results in a probability density histogram
    • Displaying results in a cumulative distribution graph.

    View the Demo Video on Monte Carlo.


  • Smoke Analysis
    Smoke Analysis

    The Stress Test Analysis warns of component stress due to power dissipation, increases in junction temperature, secondary breakdowns, or violations of voltage/current limits which over time causes circuit failure. Stress test helps in identifying problems and preventing circuit failure.

    Use Smoke Analysis in PSpice® Smoke Option to:

    • Identify

     - Components exceeding manufacturers’ limits
     - Breakdown voltage across device terminals
     - Maximum current limits
     - Secondary breakdown limits
     - Junction temperatures
     - Problem parameters for exceeding limits

    • Calculate Peak, Avg. and RMS power dissipation for each component

                - Compare these values against corresponding safe operating limits

    • Evaluate designs for derating requirements

    View Demo Video on Smoke Analysis

  • Parametric Plotter
    Parametric Plotter

    The Parametric Plotter enables sweeping of multiple parameters after creation of circuit simulation and provides analysis of sweep results and feasibility to sweep any number of design and model parameters (in any combination).

    Use Parametric Plotter in PSpice® Advanced Analysis Option to:

    • Sweep component values, model parameters and design parameters
    • Select sweep-type: Discrete, Log or Linear
    • Do nested sweeps to explore solution space for multiple measurements
    • Examine solution space as tabular view and sort the data within already sorted columns
    • Create and display multiple plots to examine measurements as function of various parameters
    • View sweep results in tabular or plot form

PSpice® Advanced Analysis

Watch videos to see how to use PSpice® Advanced Analysis to maximize design performance, yield, cost-effectiveness, and reliability

PSpice® Advanced Analysis Overview

Learn how PSpice® Advanced Analysis improves engineering productivity and optimizes electronic circuits.

Chalk-Talk: PSpice Mixed-Signal Mode Simulation Engine

In this Chalk Talk episode from EE journal, John Carney from Cadence provides an overview of the PSpice mixed-signal mode simulation engine towards IoT device applications.

PSpice Simulation with Arduino-driven Sensors

Watch the video to learn how you can simulate a design with existing hardware.

PSpice® Advanced Analysis Stress Test Application

The PSpice® Advanced Analysis Smoke feature provides analytical data that can be utilized to measure the stress level of components due to excessive power dissipation, excessive increase in junction temperatures, overvoltage and overcurrent limits.

PSpice® Advanced Analysis Optimizer Application

The PSpice® Advanced Analysis Optimizer feature enables you to quickly and accurately tune your circuits to meet your unique design requirements

PSpice® Advanced Analysis Monte Carlo Temperature Variation Application

This video will show you a Monte Carlo analysis and it's impact on the manufacturing yield of a design by varying the component temperature parameters.

PSpice® Advanced Analysis Optimizer Curve Fitting Application

Curve-fitting can be used in cases where performance is best described as a waveform or is not measurable in terms of a function or a value, such as in wave shaping circuits.

New PSpice System Level Models

New PSpice features include improved system level simulations including customization of PSpice system level models including SystemC, C and C++

PSpice Webinar: Boost your Circuit Simulation Performance with PSpice Engine

Watch our on demand webinar on PSpice Technology to learn about new PSpice features and functions including PSpice® Advanced Analysis capabilities.

What’s New



PSpice 17.2-2016 Release New Features:

- Virtual prototyping

- 64 Bit simulation engine and result analysis

- New functions for behavioral models 

- TinySwitch-III and Optocoupler device models

- Support for TCL 8.6 

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