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Empyrean Technology ‘s complete design solution for PMIC

Empyrean Technology ‘s complete design solution for PMIC
by Daniel Nenni on 11-28-2021 at 6:00 am

PMIC Design SemiWIki

Power management integrated circuits (PMICs) are integrated circuits for power management. Driven by the strong demand in consumer electronics, IoT, and the automobile industry, the design for PMIC is getting more challenging in terms of integration, reliability and efficiency. The design methodology needs to be updated… Read More


High Reliability Power Management Chip Simulation and Verification for Automotive Electronics

High Reliability Power Management Chip Simulation and Verification for Automotive Electronics
by Daniel Payne on 10-11-2021 at 10:00 am

iWave waveform min

Automotive electronics bring strong demand for power management chips, but its strict reliability requirements also pose new challenges for chip designers. The chip needs to be able to work in various harsh environments such as high temperature, low temperature, aging, abnormal power supply, etc. Although the traditional… Read More


Speed Up LEF Generation Times on Huge IC Designs

Speed Up LEF Generation Times on Huge IC Designs
by Daniel Payne on 06-03-2021 at 10:00 am

GDSII and LEF min

For IC designs there are many data formats used throughout the logical and physical design process, and one of those file formats is called LEF, an acronym for Library Exchange Format, created by Tangent, an early EDA company with Place and Route tools that was acquired by Cadence way back in March 1989. LEF generation times can become… Read More


Analysis of Curvilinear FPDs

Analysis of Curvilinear FPDs
by Daniel Payne on 12-31-2020 at 6:00 am

FPD voltage distribution analysis min

This area of automating the design of Flat Panel Displays (FPD) is so broad that it has taken me three blogs to cover all of the details, so in brief review the first two blogs were:

My final blog covers five areas:

  • DRC/LVS for curvilinear layout
  • Circuit
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Curvilinear FPD Layout and Schematics

Curvilinear FPD Layout and Schematics
by Daniel Payne on 12-03-2020 at 10:00 am

layout ladder min

You are likely reading this blog using a Flat Panel Display (FPD), because they are so ubiquitous in our desktop, tablet and smart phone devices. Today I’m following up from a previous article. A quick recap of the unique design flow for FPD is shown below:

What follows is the second part of a Q&A discussion with Chen Zhao… Read More


Automating the Design of Flat Panel Displays

Automating the Design of Flat Panel Displays
by Daniel Payne on 10-29-2020 at 10:00 am

Empyrean - FPD design flow

I’ve used OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays for many years in my monitors, laptops, tablets, e-readers and smart phones; and knew that the AMOLED (Active-Matrix OLED) displays used thin-film transistor technology where each pixel can be controlled, but I hadn’t considered the actual design process… Read More


Xilinx Moves from Internal Flow to Commercial Flow for IP Integration

Xilinx Moves from Internal Flow to Commercial Flow for IP Integration
by Daniel Payne on 08-25-2020 at 10:00 am

Xilinx IP min

I’ll never forget first learning about Xilinx when they got started back in 1984, because the concept of a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) was so simple and elegant, it was rows and columns of logic gates that a designer could program to perform any logic function, then connect that logic to IO pads to drive other chips … Read More


Automating the Analysis of Power MOSFET Designs

Automating the Analysis of Power MOSFET Designs
by Daniel Payne on 06-04-2020 at 10:00 am

ventilator

There’s a world of difference between our smart phones that are battery powered and pack billions of transistors, and power MOSFET devices that can be used in industrial applications, telecom, cloud computing and automotive where they could be run at a few hundred volts and up to 80A of current. I’ve read about one … Read More


CEO Interview: Jason Xing of Empyrean Software

CEO Interview: Jason Xing of Empyrean Software
by Daniel Payne on 04-24-2020 at 10:00 am

empyrean

It’s been about seven years since Randy Smith last interviewed Jason Xing, the President/CEO of North America for Empyrean Software, so the timing felt good for a fresh update. I’ve been watching Empyrean at DAC for several years now, and have come away impressed with their growth and focus on some difficult IC design… Read More


Viewing the Largest IC Layout Files Quickly

Viewing the Largest IC Layout Files Quickly
by Daniel Payne on 03-10-2020 at 6:00 am

Skipper, Empyrean

The old adage, “Time is money”, certainly rings true today for IC designers, so the entire EDA industry has focused on this challenging goal of making tools that help speed up design and physical verification tasks like DRC (Design Rule Checks) and LVS (Layout Versus Schematic). Sure, the big three EDA vendors have… Read More