Which Data Works Best For Voltage Droop Simulation


Experts at the Table: Semiconductor Engineering sat down to talk about the need for the right type of data, why this has to be done early in the design flow, and how 3D-IC will affect all of this, with Bill Mullen, distinguished engineer at Ansys; Rajat Chaudhry, product management group director at Cadence; Heidi Barnes, senior applications engineer at Keysight; Venkatesh Santhanagopalan, prod... » read more

Analog Design Complicates Voltage Droop


Experts at the Table: Semiconductor Engineering sat down to talk about voltage droop in analog and mixed-signal designs, and the need for multi-vendor tool interoperability and more precision, with Bill Mullen, distinguished engineer at Ansys; Rajat Chaudhry, product management group director at Cadence; Heidi Barnes, senior applications engineer at Keysight; Venkatesh Santhanagopalan, product ... » read more

Generating the Generator: A User-Driven And Template-Based Approach Towards Analog Layout Automation


Various analog design automation attempts have addressed the shortcomings of the still largely manual and, thus, inefficient and risky analog design approach. These methods can roughly be divided into synthesis and procedural generation. An important key aspect has, however, rarely been considered: usability. While synthesis requires sophisticated constraints, procedural generators require expe... » read more

High Thermal Die-Attach Paste Development For Analog Circuits


In recent years, various die attach (DA) materials have been developed to cope with the higher power dissipation requirements of semiconductor devices. DA materials based on metals such as solder or sintered silver (Ag) are used for very high heat generating power devices. While they show outstanding thermal performance, the mechanical properties of these materials are less than ideal. This lim... » read more

Virtuoso ADE Assembler


Cadence Virtuoso ADE Assembler is an advanced design and simulation environment that extends the capabilities of Virtuoso ADE Explorer, adding all the tests needed to fully verify a design over all operational, process, and environmental conditions. As more analysis is required, users can take incremental advantage of the Virtuoso Variation Option to do more advanced statistical analysis on the... » read more

AnastASICA — Towards Structured and Automated Analog/Mixed-Signal IC Design For Automotive Electronics


In our world based on electronics, the design of analog/mixed-signal (AMS) ICs is still mainly done manually. While digital design benefits from complete synthesis flows, analog lags far behind in terms of development time, cost, and risk. Analog design flows are hardly standardized and necessitate the four eye principle as important quality tool. Thus, highly experienced designers who incorpor... » read more

Plan-Based Analog Verification Methodology


The ability to verify all the aspects of an analog design and to keep track of all the different verification tasks is a growing challenge. Manual attempts to do so often lead to mistakes since they rely on constantly updated documents. The Cadence Virtuoso ADE Verifier provides an overarching verification plan that links to all analog tests across multiple designers. The Virtuoso ADE Verifier ... » read more

Managing Analog Designs For Successful Tapeouts


Managing analog designs beyond data management to IP reuse and beyond in order to create a collaborative platform for design management from concept-to-GDSII. Click here to read more. » read more

Why Analog Designs Fail


The gap between analog and digital reliability is growing, and digital designs appear to be winning. Reports show that analog content causes the most test failures and contributes significantly more than digital to field returns. The causes aren't always obvious, though. Some of it is due to the maturity of analog design and verification. While great strides have been made in digital circuit... » read more

How To Improve Analog Design Reuse


Digital circuit design is largely automated today, but most analog components still are designed manually. This may change soon. As analog design grows increasingly complex and error-prone, design teams and tool vendors are focusing on how to automate as much of the design of analog circuits as possible. Analog design is notoriously difficult and varied. It can include anything from power ma... » read more

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