Upcoming System Modeling Challenges


In the past, during the concept phase of a design, system models have typically lacked information regarding reliability. If at all, reliability was addressed late in the design phase shortly before tape out. As the functional safety aspect, and with it an extended device lifetime, gains more and more attention for certain applications, things have to change in the design processes. To ensure a... » read more

Multiphysics Challenges For EDA Tools


Cost and performance are the main drivers for scaling of integrated circuits. However, some applications do not scale as easily as others. This is particularly true for analog circuits and everything related to high voltage and high power. Still, the demand for these kind of applications is growing rapidly due to new emerging markets such as Industry 4.0, IoT, and e-mobility. In the automoti... » read more

Aging Models: The Basis For Predicting Circuit Reliability


Today, many products are based on high-performance electronic systems and integrated circuits (ICs), and the importance of these elements is ever-increasing. A certain tension arises here as these applications often call for a large amount of processing power and reliability. The processing power can best be supplied with highly scaled semiconductor technologies. However, these manufacturing te... » read more

The Analog Design Gap


By Benjamin Prautsch and Torsten Reich Sensors are everywhere. In the context of Industry 4.0 and IoT, we face an ever-increasing demand for high-quality sensing. Data acquisition is fundamental to adaptive production chains. So aggregating data isn't just some nice-to-have feature. It is the basis of modern production systems. But don’t we have sensors already? Isn’t everything fine?... » read more

Why Use An Assembly Design Kit And Assembly Design Flow?


A number of years ago, the packages of electronic systems were only intended to protect the circuit from mechanical stresses and to realize a simple fan-out from the close spacing of connections on the circuit to the larger spacing on the packaging. At the time, there were also only a few different packaging types, all of simple design. Over the years, however, the requirements on packages have... » read more

Electronic Design For Reliable Autonomous Driving


In the area of advanced driver assistance systems, most car makers and their suppliers have laid out exciting road maps all the way to highly automated and fully automated driving in 5 to 10 years. But are the electronics keeping up with these ambitious plans? At least for the automotive industry as a mass market, the current design processes for microchips and systems are not yet ready. An ... » read more