Analog Simulation Insights

Archive for 2007

 

Red Herrings: separating the truth from the hype in SPICE verification tools

From Merriam-Webster:

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Design Verification. Analog… meet digital. Digital… meet analog.

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.

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Tutorial Series at Planet Analog

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”. 🙂

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Digital vs. Analog: never-ending myths of CDs vs. LPs

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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Has every analog circuit that can be designed been designed?

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?

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Analog design is NOT black magic… but it is VERY hard

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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Kicking off Analog Insights

Welcome to “Analog Insights”

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