Where today meets tomorrow…

On September 4, 2019, Siemens PLM Software officially became Siemens Digital Industries Software. As the rate of innovation increases, and the complexity of product design and manufacturing skyrockets, engineers need tools that enable them to bridge the divide between digital and physical domains. With tactical acquisitions over the last few years, Siemens is now the company with the broadest portfolio of industrial software and services supporting digitalization strategies around the world. Siemens’ vision is focused on the future—not in the sense of peering toward the unknown, or attempting to foretell the events of tomorrow and the shape of things to come, but in the sense of presenting a new and clearer view of today in preparation for tomorrow; a view of the forces and ideas that prevail, as well as the tools and technologies that will take us there.

At the core of this transformation is Xcelerator—an integrated portfolio of software, services, and application platform that comprises electronic design automation and product lifecycle management (including design, simulation and manufacturing), application lifecycle management, manufacturing operations management, embedded software, a multi-experience platform, and predictive and prescriptive analytics that can accelerate the adoption of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) in Internet of Things (IoT) environments. Xcelerator is intended to enable everyone, from individual developers and engineers to the largest companies, to deliver continuous ingenuity in product performance, product development, production operations, and lifecycle support.

The Calibre™ toolsuite has already embraced this new direction and synergy to develop and deliver new capabilities to Calibre users. For example, machine learning techniques have had rapid success as a new algorithmic toolkit for EDA tools. Any time you’re looking for “difficult to discern” patterns, and some sort of interpolation is required between patterns, machine learning is a fabulous technology. Mentor, a Siemens Business is using machine learning with neural networks in their Calibre OPC tool to produce highly accurate OPC layouts with only one simulation run. We’re also using machine learning in conjunction with litho-friendly design checking. In addition to its ability to identify previously known hotspots used in training the model, machine learning can examine unknown patterns to predict new hotspots that were not seen in prior designs. And we have 20 more projects ongoing across the company.

To our customers, partners, employees and friends—welcome to Siemens Digital Industries Software. Here are the materials, ideas, and forces at work in our world. These are the tools with which the world of tomorrow will be made. They each have a purpose and a promise, but together they provide a strong foundation for your digital enterprise. Familiarity with today is the best preparation for success tomorrow.

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This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at https://blogs.sw.siemens.com/calibre/2019/09/25/where-today-meets-tomorrow/