Mentor’s Symphony in Tune with AMS Designer Needs

Mentor’s Symphony in Tune with AMS Designer Needs
by Tom Simon on 11-14-2018 at 12:00 pm

Mixed signal simulation is a very hot topic these days. In modern designs, it is harder to draw a line between the analog and digital and work with them independently. Analog blocks are showing up everywhere. Even in what would have qualified as a digital design a few years ago, now designers need to look at things like PLLs, IOs and … Read More


Analog IC design across PVT conditions, something new

Analog IC design across PVT conditions, something new
by Daniel Payne on 08-30-2018 at 12:00 pm

Transistor-level design for full-custom and analog circuits has long been a way for IC design companies to get the absolute best performance out of silicon and keep ahead of the competition. One challenge to circuit designers is meeting all of the specs across all Process, Voltage and Temperature (PVT) corners, so that silicon… Read More


What’s old is new again – Analog Computing

What’s old is new again – Analog Computing
by Bernard Murphy on 01-02-2018 at 7:00 am

Once in a while I like to write on a fun, off-beat topic. My muse today is analog computing, a domain that some of us antiques in the industry recall with fondness, though sadly in my case without hands-on experience. Analog computers exploit the continuous nature of analog signals together with a variety of transforms to represent… Read More


Webinars: Bumper Pack of AMS Webinars from ANSYS

Webinars: Bumper Pack of AMS Webinars from ANSYS
by Bernard Murphy on 11-06-2017 at 12:00 pm

Power integrity and reliability are just as important for AMS designs as they are for digital designs. Ansys is offering a series of five webinars on this topic, under a heading they call ANSYS in ACTION, a bi-weekly demo series from ANSYS in which an application engineer shows you how simulation can address common applications.… Read More


TSMC Teamwork Translates to Technical Triumph

TSMC Teamwork Translates to Technical Triumph
by Tom Simon on 10-02-2017 at 12:00 pm

Most people think that designing successful high speed analog circuits requires a mixture of magic, skill and lots of hard work. While this might be true, in reality it also requires a large dose of collaboration among each of the members of the design, tool and fabrication panoply. This point was recently made abundantly clear … Read More


Fusing CMOS IC and MEMS Design for IoT Edge Devices

Fusing CMOS IC and MEMS Design for IoT Edge Devices
by Mitch Heins on 09-11-2017 at 12:00 pm

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In my 34 years in IC and EDA, it never ceases to amaze me as to how ingenious designers can be with what is given them. Mentor, a Siemens business, has released a wonderful white paper that is proof of this yet again. The white paper steps through how one of their customers, MEMSIC, used the Tanner tool suite to develop a combination… Read More


Customizable Analog IP No Longer a Pipe Dream

Customizable Analog IP No Longer a Pipe Dream
by Tom Simon on 08-28-2017 at 12:00 pm

Configurable analog IP has traditionally been a tough nut to crack. Digital IP, of course, now provides for wide configurability for varying applications. In the same way that analog design has remained less deterministic as compared to digital design, analog IP has also tended to be less flexible. However, the tide may be turning… Read More


How to Design a Custom SoC with Analog, webinar from ARM and Tanner EDA

How to Design a Custom SoC with Analog, webinar from ARM and Tanner EDA
by Daniel Payne on 03-23-2017 at 12:00 pm

Leading edge SoC designs can contain billions of transistors, cost over $10M to design, and take over 18 months to deliver, but not all SoCs require that much complexity, cost and time. In fact, there is a growing class of SoC designs that integrate the popular ARM Cortex-M0 processor along with analog blocks that work with sensors… Read More


Qorvo and KeySight to Present on Managing Collaboration for Multi-site, Multi-vendor RF Design

Qorvo and KeySight to Present on Managing Collaboration for Multi-site, Multi-vendor RF Design
by Mitch Heins on 01-23-2017 at 12:00 pm

Image RemovedOver the last several weeks I’ve been having a lot of discussions with colleagues around IP reuse and design data management. This led me to a discussion with Ranjit Adhikary, Marketing Vice President for ClioSoft.

ClioSoft is best known for their design collaboration software platform called SOS. They also sell… Read More


Analog, Low-power Optimization at SMIC

Analog, Low-power Optimization at SMIC
by Daniel Payne on 01-11-2017 at 12:00 pm

Talking with actual IC designers is always fascinating to me, because these engineers are the unsung heroes that enable our modern day world of consumer and industrial electronics. Too often we only hear from the CEO or other C-level executives in the press about their own companies, products, services and vision. I recently had… Read More