Keysight’s HeatWave Electro-Thermal Analysis Software is an IC thermal simulator for chips, and stacked-die SiP. HeatWave computes the full-chip temperature profile at the spatial resolution of your devices and interconnects, and annotates this data into your circuit simulator, making your simulation results temperature-accurate. Because the geometric features of power sources and heat conduction paths inside a chip are at the submicron scale, the thermal modeling and numerical solution techniques have to be commensurate with such feature sizes. The simulation results are 3-dimensional temperature profiles with the necessary resolution and accuracy. HeatWave works with several IC design tools, including Cadence Virtuoso. A version of the HeatWave solver is also available in Advanced Design System (ADS) for RFIC and MMIC applications. For more information, refer to the ADS Electro-Thermal Simulator Element.
Key Benefits of HeatWave
HeatWave enables your circuit simulator to show how temperature affects your circuit’s performance, helping you to neutralize adverse temperature effects before committing to fabrication.
By providing the accurate operational temperature profile within the IC, HeatWave reveals hotspots and excessive temperature variations in precision circuitry.
HeatWave enhances your ability to detect reliability and wear out/lifetime issues, using accurate and realistic temperature data.