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Musings on Mixed-signal Verification – Part 1

The increasing need for mixed-signal verification!

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Posted in AMS Circuits, analog, analog design, Behavioral Modeling, digital, Fast-SPICE, Mixed Signal/Cosimulation, Uncategorized


Is Your MOSFET Suffering the Effects of Aging?

Hello everyone,

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Posted in analog, analog design, Device Modeling, digital, Fast-SPICE, HSPICE, Nanometer CMOS, Reliability, SPICE, verification


Optimized Synopsys-MathWorks solution for System-Level Verification

Verification continues to be the most challenging, expensive, and time-consuming phase in ASIC and SoC design processes today. This has been true for many years, and is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. On the business side, semiconductor design is no longer confined to “semiconductor” companies. In the past few years, many electronics, communication, and computer equipment companies have brought ASIC and SoC design activities back in-house. They now consider these designs to be competitive differentiators and crucial intellectual property rather than commodities that should be outsourced. This is – in significant part – driven by an increase in mathematical algorithmic content being engineered into signal, image and video processing, and mixed-signal designs

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Posted in AMS EDA tools, digital, Mixed Signal/Cosimulation, Uncategorized, verification


Q&A: STE innovates their mixed-signal verification using CustomSim-VCS solution with real number modeling on AMS design

Verification is getting to be a more and more critical step in today IC designs. As more and more analog designs evolve into mixed-signal ones, verification methodologies and strategies need to be further refined and improved to address new challenges. While the verification of the logic part, mostly implemented in Verilog and VHDL, has gained momentum, the analog part suffers from not being supported by this language. To speed up the verification of the analog part (SPICE, Verilog-A(MS), VHDL-AMS), innovation is needed.

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Posted in AMS Assertions, AMS Circuits, AMS EDA tools, analog design, digital, Fast-SPICE, Mixed Signal/Cosimulation, Uncategorized, verification


Using a blog to develop your personal brand

If you are reading this, you may have had thoughts on blogging yourself, or perhaps you already are a blogger. One of the most valuable lessons that I have learned from writing a blog is how it can be be used for creating and publicizing my personal “brand”. Personal branding is a way to demonstrate the unique expertise and value that you can provide, to potential employers as well as to colleagues in your profession.

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Posted in AMS Assertions, AMS EDA tools, analog, analog design, Analog synthesis, digital, EDA, Fast-SPICE, SPICE, verification


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

From Merriam-Webster:

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Posted in analog, analog design, digital, Fast-SPICE, SPICE, verification


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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Posted in analog, digital, verification


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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Posted in analog, analog design, digital, EDA, Fast-SPICE, SPICE


Kicking off Analog Insights

Welcome to “Analog Insights”

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Posted in analog design, digital, EDA, verification