The 28nm process node has once more raised the design bar in terms of the DFM checks needed to realize a design. This is particularly true for analog and mixed-signal engineering, where rules that could once be maintained manually now need to be addressed in a more integrated, automated, and timely way. The article explores [...]
A bid for more interactivity is one of the program cornerstones for the 48th Design Automation Conference.
Leading chip design analyst Gary Smith charts the course through the main questions dominating DAC 2011.
DATE 2011 will be held this month around one of France's most active high-tech clusters. We preview some of the conference's highlights.
The article reviews the design assessment process that a company should undertake when developing an analog-centric application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). The authors argue that a number of myths surround strategies that incorporate a large amount of specialist analog design work, including evaluations related to cost and functionality. In particular, the need for differentiation in today's [...]
Characterizing PLL jitter is important yet challenging. Usually done through transistor-level transient analysis, a slow simulation speed has been the major bottleneck preventing jitter from being characterized in a timely manner. This paper presents an approach for fast jitter characterization using mixed-signal simulation (a combination of transistor-level blocks and calibrated behavioral models). Among various PLL [...]
We talked to Mentor Graphics CEO Wally Rhines about the solutions that already exist to combat increasing design complexity.
Disneyland might be next door, but DAC 2010 is stressing a real-world perspective on chip design. We spoke to general chair Sachin Sapatnekar.
As usual, this issue includes our regular preview of the Design Automation Conference (DAC), taking place this year in Anaheim, California (June 13-18). However, given this journal’s particular focus on practical design information, I wanted to highlight one DAC strand up front. Indeed, given that the event has taken more than its share of criticism [...]
A team from RFMD describes a design upgrade for one of the company’s devices, the ML5800 transceiver. The chip is used in cordless telephones and has sold more than 20 million units. Because of constraints upon the different portions of the project and a wish to maximize reuse from the earlier chip, the company developed [...]
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