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Chip Design and Verification

The design, verification, implementation and test of electronics systems into integrated circuits.


Integrated circuits (IC), often called chips, combine multiple discrete electronic devices onto a single substrate utilizing the capabilities of semiconductor materials. The development of the digital portions of an IC can be divided into a number of stages including:

  • functional design and verification
  • physical design and verification
  • packaging
  • manufacturing test

The design of analog components, or blocks for inclusion into an IC, have a flatter flow because the functional and physical aspects cannot be separated in the same way that is possible within the digital realm. They tend to get integrated at certain stages of the flow, such as floor planning and chip assembly. Highly integrated mixed-signal designs are drawing the two flows closer together, but significant differences remain.