IC Implementation

December 1, 2009

Interoperable PDKs accelerate analog EDA innovation

Process design kit (PDK) standards are one area that could greatly help reduce the disproportionate time and effort required to realize the analog portion of a design. PDKs have existed for two decades and provide access to foundry-verified data files for such AMS design elements as parameterized layout cells (PCells). However, most have been constructed […]

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June 2, 2009

Part 2 – Parallel transistor-level full-chip circuit simulation

The paper presents a fully parallel transistor-level full-chip circuit simulation tool with SPICE accuracy for general circuit designs. The proposed overlapping domain decomposition approach partitions the circuit into a linear subdomain and multiple nonlinear subdomains based on circuit nonlinearity and connectivity. A parallel iterative matrix solver is used to solve the linear domain while nonlinear […]

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June 1, 2009

Why DAC and DATE still matter

Our preview of the forthcoming Design Automation Conference concentrates on the User Track that makes its debut there next month. Given that it shares many of the objectives behind this journal, that is hardly surprising. However, it is not the only aspect of DAC that merits investigation. Also in the program, conference chair Dr. Andrew […]

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June 1, 2009

At the sharp end

The Design Automation Conference (DAC) returns to San Francisco’s Moscone Center, July 26th-31st, and it is hoped that its proximity to Silicon Valley will see attendances hold up well even in tough times. However, the organizers are looking to more than just geography to guarantee continued interest in chip design’s main annual gathering. This 46th […]

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June 1, 2009

Reducing system noise with hardware techniques

Circuit noise problems can originate from a variety of sources. By carefully examining attributes of the offending noise you can identify it’s source, thereby making noise reduction solutions become more apparent. There are three subcategories of noise problems: device, conducted and radiated noise. If an active or passive device is the major noise contributor, you […]

March 1, 2009

TrustMe-ViP: trusted personal devices virtual prototyping

As the market continues to push for higher performance at lower cost, trusted personal devices (TPDs) must also be able to exchange greater volumes of data, voice or streaming video at ever higher bit rates, while transmitting and receiving securely under multiple telecommunication standards. Reductions in cost and time-to-market can only be achieved by integrating […]

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December 1, 2008

Combining yield and performance in behavioral models for analog ICs

The article describes an algorithm that combines performance and variation objectives in a behavioral model for a given analog circuit topology and process. The tradeoffs between performance and yield are analyzed using a multi-objective evolutionary algorithm and Monte Carlo simulation. The results indicate a signi?cant improvement in overall simulation time and ef? ciency compared to […]

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December 1, 2008

License to profit

Guy Haas Managing EDA software involves more than monitoring and studying usage across various tools and features. An effective approach will help the enterprise reduce engineering software costs, reach better and more informed business decisions, become more responsive and ensure compliance with software licenses. To understand how to develop such strategies, we need to look […]

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September 1, 2008

The state we’re in

UK-based analyst group Future Horizons has been organizing its international electronics forums for 17 years and they continue to provide an invaluable look into what the industry’s top tier of managers is thinking. It is one thing to get your own wise analysts to pronounce on tomorrow’s market, but it is something else entirely to […]

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September 1, 2008

Rapid prototyping for the 802.11 era

The 802.11 family of wireless local area network (WLAN) standards is becoming ubiquitous. Products for its various fl avors – up to and including its latest 802.11n incarnation – must reach the market as quickly as possible. This implies a need for rapid prototyping, typically on an FPGA platform. This article describes how the design […]

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