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

Advanced Packaging Is Suddenly Very Cool

The hottest chip markets today—automotive AI for autonomous and heavily assisted driving, machine learning, virtual and augmented reality—all are beginning to look at advanced packaging as the best path forward for improving performance and reducing power. Over the past four years, which is when 2.5D and fan-out wafer-level packaging first really began garnering interest, these and othe... » read more

Automated Power Model Verification For Analog IPs

By Sierene Aymen and Hartmut Marquardt Creating macro power models for analog intellectual property (IP) blocks is essential to enable the chip assembly group to effectively integrate these blocks within their place and route environment. These macro models, which define power domains, identify IP ports as signal, power, ground, or trivial ports, and describe the associations of signal pins ... » read more

Design For IoT

In our already mind-bogglingly connected world where you can control your BMW with a Samsung smartwatch or monitor and pay your parking meter with a credit card on your smartphone, the semiconductor design community is mulling over the opportunities from design kits to embedded software as far as the best ways to equip design teams for the [getkc id="76" comment="Internet of Things"] (IoT) era.... » read more

Five Key Challenges In Designing With High-Speed Analog IP

There’s good reason why analog IC design is often considered to be more of an art than a science. Compared to their digital counterparts, analog components are much more sensitive to noise, distortion, and other errors. This white paper is filled with tips on meeting these challenges and speeding up your design cycle. To download this paper, click here. » read more