This article attempts to provide some background information about FMF in order to give some perspective on why the company was founded and why it still exists today. In short, how we got to where we are.
In the early 1990s, the three founders of FMF, Luis Garcia, Russ Vreeland, and Richard Munden, were engineers at TRW in Redondo Beach California. We were all involved in systems and board design. We found there that board-level simulation caught problems that would otherwise have to be debuged and corrected in the lab and might even cause board spins. The only drawback was the amount of time required to create the component models that were missing from our EDA vendor supplied libraries.
Being good engineers, we asked ourselves “How can we dodge this work?” We called a few of our component suppliers and suggested they should provide simulation models for their products just like they provided datasheets. In those days all the digital simulators were proprietary and any model written for one of them could not work on any other. The component vendors were aware of this and told us they did not have the resources to write models for every simulator and rather than have to choose which simulator they would support, they prefered to support none of them. (more…)