As design complexity has continued to increase with the ongoing advances prescribed by Moore’s Law, it has become generally accepted that verification consumes more of a project’s time than the design itself. In forecasting (logic) designer productivity at future process nodes, the International Technology Roadmap For Semiconductors 2006 Update (ITRS) estimates that the average percentage of a project effort spent in verification is currently at 70%. Verification can mean many different things, but here I am primarily referring to functional verification.
CMP’s Planet Analog has started an interesting series of bi-monthly articles on “Analog Signal-Chain Basics”, authored by Bill Klein of Texas Instruments. If you already know analog, it provides a good refresher course on some of the basics. If you are interested in learning more about analog, you can skip through the algebra and still get a better idea of design the way that analog engineers do it. As the author says in his introductory video: “The real world is analog”. 🙂
It may seem odd for me to defend something digital here, but I just hate to see myths perpetuated. I also enjoy debunking them 🙂
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You may be familiar with a famous quote often attributed to the U.S. Patent Office commissioner back in the late 1800s: “Everything that can be invented has been invented”. While research seems to conclude that this quote is actually a long-lived urban myth, could we say something similar about analog design? Has every analog circuit that can be designed … been designed?
Analog design is Black Magic??? Recently there have been two occurrences where this description of analog design has been used; a panel discussion at the IEEE SOC Conference in Taiwan (09/27/07), and Mike Santarini’s blog (09/18/07) at EDN Magazine.
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