IC Implementation

June 1, 2008

Sensium: A 1V micropower SoC for vital-sign monitoring

This paper describes the main design components and methodology priorities for development of the Sensium system-on-chip for wireless body sensor networks. The device is targeted at vital-sign monitoring and related medical applications. The SoC integrates an ultra-low-power wireless ISM band transceiver, hardware MAC, microprocessor, I/O peripherals, memories, 10b delta-sigma, analog-to-digital converter and custom interfaces. The […]

Article  |  Tags:
March 1, 2008

Efficient packet header parsing using an embedded configurable packet engine

Cswitch’s CS90 Configurable Switch Array device has an interconnect structure, the dataCrossconnect network, that delivers bandwidth at 40- 100Gbps for packet-based applications. For packet handling tasks, the chip includes embedded configurable blocks, Configurable Packet Engines, that support functions such as frame parsing, CRC and hashing, and fast address look-ups, all at up to 1GHz. For […]

Article  |  Tags:
December 1, 2007

The simulation and design of software-defined radios

The paper discusses the simulation, design, and test of software-defined radios (SDRs), initially using a legacy 16QAM waveform, followed by a new SDR waveform -orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA). The SDR system’s error vector magnitude (EVM) is first analyzed and its performance is compared with the legacy waveform results. The implementation also includes the […]

Article  |  Tags:   |  Organizations:
September 1, 2007

The hidden cost of EDA

There must be a better way to keep track of electronic engineering software licenses. EDA tools are very expensive, essential to R&D work, and must be properly maintained to ensure that commercial designs are completed on-schedule. Nevertheless, companies traditionally set aside little management time to put formal control systems in place for these assets. Consider […]

Article  |  Tags:
September 1, 2007

Designing for the real world

Lew Counts It is not unusual for analog circuit designers to exhibit a wistful air of ‘been there, done that’, even if you would never catch them wearing the t-shirt. That goes double for Lewis Counts, vice president of analog technology at Analog Devices and a fellow with the sector giant. “There are things they’re […]

Article  |  Tags:   |  Organizations:
September 1, 2007

Using multi-corner multi-mode techniques to meet the P&R challenges at 65 nm and below

Concurrent multi-corner, multi-mode analysis and optimization is becoming increasingly necessary for sub-65nm designs. Traditional P&R tools force the designers to pick one or two mode corner scenarios due to inherent architectural limitations. As an example of the problem, a cellphone chip typically needs to be designed for 20 mode/corners scenarios. In the absence of a […]

June 1, 2007

Share and share alike

For a design targeted at the 130nm process node or below, the cost of a dedicated mask-set is getting brutal. At 130nm itself, a semiconductor company is likely to pay between $500,000 and $600,000 per set. That price tag rises to around $1m at 90nm, and to $1.5m at 65nm(Figure 2). One recent forecast for […]

Article  |  Tags:   |  Organizations:
June 1, 2007

Advances in fast-SPICE for mixed-signal SoC verification

Today, most SoC designs include both digital and analog components on the same chip, taking advantage of nanometer geometries. This demands that the current design flow bottleneck due to analog verifi-cation and integration is addressed in ways that enable this process to be completed both thoroughly and efficiently. SPICE simulation was accurate but slow and […]

Article  |  Tags:
March 1, 2007

From A to B via Z

How important is it that the history of electronics is passed on from generation to generation of engineers in the ‘right’ way. OK, let’s acknowledge that, as in war, history is always dominated by the victors, not the losers. Let’s also admit that anyone with a career in this business wants its image to be […]

Article  |  Tags:
March 1, 2007

Double figures for DATE

DATE 07 (April 16-20) marks an important milestone for the Design Automation and Test in Europe conference as it reaches its tenth edition. As we went to press, the main technical program was still being finalized, but DATE has again received record submissions, 933 against last year’s 834. The most obvious change in 2007 is […]

Article  |  Tags:

PLATINUM SPONSORS

Synopsys Cadence Design Systems Siemens EDA
View All Sponsors