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Analog IC Design Automation

Using analog synthesis and parametric optimization to reduce design time

IP Modules Generators

Application of analog synthesis techniques to a particular class of circuits. Module generators


Parametrizable analog block library design

Parametrizable analog block library design (amplifiers, differential pairs, current mirrors, etc.)


IP-Q Verification

IP Automated Verification and Characterization System - IP-Q
IP Modules Generators

   Module Generation is the application of analog synthesis techniques to a particular class of circuits. It usually includes both the circuit synthesis and layout synthesis methodologies required for the selected module. When implementing a module generator there are usually special issues for the particular module which may not be adequately addressed in a general synthesis methodology. The choice of a particular type of analog circuit strongly affects the subsequent choices for design estimation, selection, and layout. Just as in other areas of analog circuit research, good choices for examples tend to yield research results which will solve real problems.
   To date, most general analog synthesis approaches have actually used opamp designs as examples, and this choice has strongly affected the synthesis tools developed. General synthesis approaches do not take the best approach for DAC and ADC module synthesis. For example, layout tools have been oriented toward opamp style designs consisting of a handful of large devices. In DAC or ADC modules, the design usually consists of a large number of relatively small devices, where matching and routing issues are significant for circuit performance and area. In developing module generation tools for DACs and ADCs new problems must be solved which have not been addressed by other analog synthesis techniques.

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