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eDesignSuite

Blog Post created by PALANO Carmelo Marcello Employee on Jan 11, 2017

eDesignSuite is an easy-to-use comprehensive software tool suite ready to help customers in their needs by transforming application requirements into satisfactory solutions accurately modeled on the remarkable range of ST products.

 


The suite includes three types of software tool:

  • Smart simulator and system design engine
    It is able to suggest products and topologies for various types of application like power conversion (SMPS, photovoltaic and battery charger), LED lighting, signal conditioning and RF design. The main features of this tool type are: automatic proposal for complete solution or fully customizable design, fully annotated and interactive schematics, complete and interactive bill of materials, main current and voltage simulations, efficiency curves, Bode stability and power-loss data, and fully interactive transformer design.
  • Smart product selectors
    This tool type is used to help select the products (e.g. diodes) best suited to your application. The main features of this tool type are: part numbers proposed based on application electrical specifications, I-V curves comparison among several part numbers, power losses calculated based on voltage/current target application waveforms.
  • Configurators
    It is used to reduce implementation time and efforts for setting product parameters for the specific application(e.g. STLUX & STNRG SMEDs for lighting and power, Workbench for motor control). The main features of this tool type are: SMED configurator schemes, input configuration, clock/comparators and ADC settings, FSM (finite state machine) configuration, C code generation, load register setting on board in a click.

 

 

 

How it Works

eDesignSuite is based on three main high-level UI modules:

Startup PageSpecification PageDesign Page

 

Startup Page

The user experience begins from the Startup Page (the main entry point of the tool). This page clearly shows all the available application types, the examples provided together with the tool and manages all the projects made by the users. Any single user of eDesignSuite has its own private storage space (home area) where he can store his works, when logged-on, he can manage his stored-projects from the startup page.

 

eDesignSuite Startup Page

 

To create a new project, simply select the application type, navigate through the application tree (according the needs) and enjoy the simplicity.

 

Specification Page

After the user select the application type from the Startup Page, eDesignSuite shows the "Specification Page", that is the main interface for the user to really create a new design.
It is the place where the user can declare the high-level requirements for his application and asks eDS to identify and propose all the available suitable solutions. Of course, here, it is possible to reduce the proposed list, applying filters on specific devices features.
eDesignSuite AC/DC specification view

 

This module is very effective, it can act in two way, at the beginning it acts as an advanced finder, but after the user select one of the available solutions, it can validate the specifications according the capability of that solution; this prevent the adoption of solutions when out of spec range.

eDesignSuite Specs Validation

Thanks to this module, the user can even have a preliminary qualitative evaluation of the complexity of the proposed solution.

 

Design Page

After eDesignSuite builds a design, it opens the Design Page that provides to the end user the complete design.
It provides:

  • all relevant parameters and results
  • a fully annotated and interactive schematic
  • a full and interactive bill of materials (BOM)
  • a full set of analysis diagrams

The user can fine tune the proposed design by adding more advanced constrains; in the case of power supply it includes "stability performance", "component selection" and more...

 

 

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