WEBINAR: Pulsic’s Animate Makes Automated Analog Layout a Reality

WEBINAR: Pulsic’s Animate Makes Automated Analog Layout a Reality
by Tom Simon on 03-30-2021 at 10:00 am

Pulsic Webinar

Many years ago, digital and analog design flows diverged, with digital design benefiting from increasing levels of automation and more importantly separation between the front-end design process and the back-end design process. While digital design still requires linkages between the front and back end, they are well defined… Read More


CEO Interview: Mark Williams of Pulsic

CEO Interview: Mark Williams of Pulsic
by Daniel Nenni on 02-19-2021 at 6:00 am

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Pulsic recently announced its new “freemium” product Animate Preview and we had the chance to chat with Mark Williams, President and CEO of Pulsic.  Mark explained details of  the product and the new business model that could change the direction of the traditional EDA business model structure.

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The Question That Has Guided My Analog Mixed Signal Career

The Question That Has Guided My Analog Mixed Signal Career
by Steve Logan on 01-21-2021 at 10:00 am

The Question That Has Guided My Analog Mixed Signal Career

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was sitting at lunch with good friend Scott Santandrea, explaining my struggles to get traction with the sales channel for the Analog to Digital Converter product line I was managing. My business line had been spending a lot of resources developing high-performance 24-bit delta sigma and 20-bit

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SkillCAD Adds Powerful Editing Commands to Virtuoso

SkillCAD Adds Powerful Editing Commands to Virtuoso
by Tom Simon on 11-02-2020 at 10:00 am

SKillCAD Creating a Metal Bus

Despite the large role of place and route in IC design, there will always be a need for custom layout design. This is particularly true in radio frequency (RF), power management (PM) and power amplifier (PA) circuits, among others. Cadence Virtuoso is by far the leading tool for creating these custom designs. Virtuoso has a sophisticated… Read More


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


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 CMOS… Read More