Electrical-Optical Design, A Bridge to Terabitsia

Electrical-Optical Design, A Bridge to Terabitsia
by Mitch Heins on 07-19-2016 at 12:00 pm

If you don’t get the tongue in cheek reference of the title, you probably don’t have children who liked to watch Disney movies. All four of my daughters loved Disney and so, I am forever shaped by the Wonderful World of Disney. In 2007 Disney adapted to the screen a novel called, ‘A Bridge to Terabithia’, in which two adolescents escape… Read More


DAC Update on IC Design Tools at Mentor

DAC Update on IC Design Tools at Mentor
by Daniel Payne on 08-01-2014 at 12:24 pm

On Tuesday morning I headed off to the Mentorbooth at DACfor an update on their Custom IC Design and AMS Simulation/Verification tools, Christopher Cone was the presenter. Also in the room were Jay Madiraju, and Mick from Berkeley DA.

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Real Time Concurrent Layout Editing – It’s Possible

Real Time Concurrent Layout Editing – It’s Possible
by Pawan Fangaria on 09-03-2013 at 2:00 pm

Layout editing is a complex task, traditionally done manually by designers, and the layout design productivity largely depends on the designer’s skills and expertise. However, a good tool with features for ease of design is a must. Layout productivity has been an area of focus and various features are constantly being added in… Read More


A DAC Update from Mentor Graphics on IC Layout and Circuit Simulation Tools

A DAC Update from Mentor Graphics on IC Layout and Circuit Simulation Tools
by Daniel Payne on 06-11-2012 at 4:07 pm

Linda Fosler, Tom Daspit and Mitch from Mentor Graphics met with me last Monday at DAC to provide an update on IC layout and circuit simulation tools. My notes follow:

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Overview – Pyxis for Schematic and Layout, IC Station is re-branded as Pyxis. (Pyxis schematic is still Falcon, Ample language is still used.)… Read More


Changing your IC Layout Methodology to Manage Layout Dependent Effects (LDE)

Changing your IC Layout Methodology to Manage Layout Dependent Effects (LDE)
by Daniel Payne on 04-18-2012 at 12:38 pm

Smaller IC nodes bring new challenges to the art of IC layout for AMS designs, like Layout Dependent Effects (LDE). If your custom IC design flow looks like the diagram below then you’re in for many time-consuming iterations because where you place each transistor will impact the actual Vt and Idsat values, which are now a … Read More