Digitalization in Electronic Design Validation: Beyond Services for Benchtop Testing and Prototyping  

Electronic design validation (EDV) is a critical stage in the development lifecycle of any electronic product. It ensures that the designed circuit performs as intended and meets all functional and safety specifications. Traditionally, EDV relied heavily on benchtop testing and physical prototypes, but these methods have limitations in today’s fast-paced design environment. There is a noticeable growth in the electronics industry due to research and development efforts.   

The electronics industry in India is expected to grow by over 600% by 2025.1  

Many daily-use electronic products like smart televisions and smartphones are growing in demand globally, and their manufacturing involves using semiconductors to control and manage the flow of electric current. Therefore, as the demand for consumer electronics grows, the need for semiconductors will grow proportionately, there will be increasing need for digitalization and automation in electronic design.  

Global electronics manufacturing services (EMS) market is projected to reach $ 1145 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 5.4% during the forecast period 2021-2026.2 

Over 70% of design teams experience project delays due to inefficiencies in traditional EDV methods. This article explores the limitations of traditional EDV and how TenXer Labs’ LiveBench platform offers a revolutionary approach. 

Traditional Electronic Design Validation Services 

Traditional EDV services encompass a range of activities, including: 

Functional Testing with Benchtop Equipment 

This involves setting up physical test benches with various instruments like power supplies, signal generators, and oscilloscopes to test the functionality of the designed circuit against predefined specifications. 

Hardware Prototyping  

Creating physical prototypes allows for more comprehensive testing in a real-world environment. However, prototyping can be time-consuming and expensive, especially for complex designs. 

Design for Manufacturability (DFM) Analysis 

This service ensures that the designed circuit can be efficiently manufactured at scale. DFM analysis typically involves software tools and collaboration with manufacturing partners. 

These traditional methods have served the industry well, but they come with limitations: 

  • Time-Consuming: Setting up test benches and building prototypes can be time-consuming, leading to delays in the development process. 
  • Costly: Physical equipment and prototyping materials can significantly increase the overall cost of EDV. 
  • Limited Scalability: Testing complex designs with numerous components can be challenging with traditional benchtop setups. 

These limitations highlight the need for innovative solutions to streamline and improve the EDV process. 

Changing traditional EDV: Introducing LiveBench by TenXer Labs 

LiveBench by TenXer Labs offers a transformative approach to electronic design validation. Here’s how LiveBench changes the traditional landscape by digitalizing EDV. :

24/7 Access to Real Hardware Labs 

LiveBench provides on-demand access to cloud-based hardware labs equipped with the latest components. This eliminates the need for physical test benches and allows engineers to test their designs in a real-world environment, anytime, anywhere. 

Streamlined Workflow 

The cloud-based platform offers a user-friendly interface for remote access and collaboration. This eliminates the need for complex setup procedures and reduces the time required for testing. 

Scalable Testing 

LiveBench offers a wide range of pre-configured hardware labs, allowing engineers to test designs of varying complexity with ease. This scalability makes LiveBench ideal for even the most intricate electronic designs. 

LiveBench empowers engineers to: 

  • Accelerate Design Validation: Immediate access to real hardware labs significantly reduces testing time and expedites the EDV process. 
  • Enhance Design Confidence: Testing on real hardware provides a more robust validation environment, leading to increased confidence in the design’s functionality. 
  • Reduce Development Costs: Eliminating the need for physical test benches and prototypes reduces the overall cost of EDV. 

The Future of Electronic Design Validation is in the Cloud 

LiveBench represents a significant leap forward in electronic design validation. It offers a faster, more reliable, and more cost-effective approach compared to traditional methods. As the electronics industry embraces cloud-based solutions, LiveBench is poised to become the go-to platform for EDV using real hardware, paving the way for a future of faster design cycles, reliablity and more efficient product development. 

References: 

  1. https://www.investindia.gov.in/team-india-blogs/indias-emergence-global-electronics-manufacturing-hub 
  1. https://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/5853246/electronic-design-automation-software-market#rela1-5734582 
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Renie Ananthakumar is a seasoned hardware engineering professional with a decade-long track record in hardware system design. Renie has led the creation of many cutting-edge cloud-based remote testing environments. At TenXer Labs, Renie drives the pioneering initiative of onboarding Hardware Solution or Evaluation Kits (“EVK”) on the “LiveBench – Your Lab on Cloud” platform as a Device Under Test (DUT). The LiveBench platform helps System Designers gain access to an IC Evaluation Kit or a subsystem over the internet from anywhere in the world. As Principal Engineer, Renie innovates to blend traditional testing methods with real-time virtual environments. Renie excels in the codification of physical hardware, revolutionizing hardware evaluations. Their forward-thinking approach merges practical experience and visionary ideas, shaping a future of seamless remote testing. Renie’s commitment to advancing hardware engineering through technology, positions him as a key influencer in hardware evaluation methodologies and innovation.
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