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Another automation approach for analog schematic porting

Daniel Payne

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Thalia-DA unveils AMALIA analog schematic porting capability
Automation accelerates analog design reuse projects by up to 50%

CWMBRAN, UK 7 February 2019 - Thalia Design Automation today introduces advanced analog schematic porting capabilities within its AMALIA analog design automation tool suite. Configured for users of TSMC, Global Foundries, UMC, SMIC, and in-house technologies of Tier 1 design companies, the AMALIA schematic porting capability is already proven in analog migration projects to achieve design time savings of up to 50%.

Sowmyan Rajagopalan, Thalia Founder and CTO, commented: "Process migration – moving IP between foundries or process nodes – is one of the biggest challenges facing analog IP providers today, and schematic porting is a key part of that process. The AMALIA schematic porting capability provides all the support an experienced analog designer needs: automating where possible, but also providing analysis and direction to make the task quicker and easier overall."

Schematic porting is one of the key steps for designers wishing to move analog IP between different foundry providers or process nodes. Integrating with existing AMALIA design centering capabilities, the new tool suggests candidate porting solutions based on key design properties – such as device width/length; technology limitations such as minimum/maximum permissible device dimensions and area constraints; and design constraints.

As well as automating the porting process, the AMALIA Design Suite also significantly increases designer productivity by providing a detailed analysis highlighting issues that require the expertise of an experienced analog design engineer.

The AMALIA porting capability encompasses device mapping, target process rules/ constraints, algorithms for schematic layout and an error checker. It includes algorithms to maintain W/L, transconductance (gm) ratios and total capacitance and resistance values in light of area constraints. It also inspects interconnect and terminal locations, ‘rewiring’ the design to address any shorts.

The schematic porting capability has already played a key role in accelerating migration projectsfor a number of customers in the RF and power management sector, notably as part of Thalia’s partnership with Catena, a leading provider of radio frequency (RF) communication intellectual property (IP) for connectivity. This partnership, which leverages Thalia’s unique combination of design automation technology and analog expertise, dramatically reduces the time, cost and resources required for Catena to make its IP available in alternative foundry processes. Catena estimates savings of between 40% and 50% for recently completed migration projects.

The AMALIA analog design automation tool suite integrates with the Cadence™ analog design flow, accepting inputs via the industry-standard Component Description Format (CDF). AMALIA schematic porting tools will be commercially available in Q4 2019.


About Thalia Design Automation
Thalia is a venture funded technology business with facilities in Cwmbran UK, Hyderabad India, and Cologne, Germany. The company provides analog / mixed signal design solutions for integrated circuit (IC) manufacturers and IP companies, via unique targeted design automation technology and outstanding value-added services capabilities that ease and speed-up the design process, reduce cost and improve efficiency and quality of analog IP. The company’s investors include Mercia Fund Managers and Development Bank of Wales (formerly Finance Wales): it has also received grant funding from Innovate UK and The Welsh Government.
 
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