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iPDK is the way to go for AMS designs

iPDK is the way to go for AMS designs
by Daniel Payne on 01-19-2011 at 3:47 pm

I just read the press release from TowerJazz and Tanner EDA about how an AMS designer can use schematic symbols and layout generators in Tanner EDA tools for the TowerJazz 0.18um node. This is made possible because of the growing iPDK (Interoperable Process Design Kits) movement.

In the old days each foundry would have to staff up their CAD groups and create PDKs for all of the leading EDA tools (Cadence, Mentor, Synopsys, Magma, Tanner EDA, etc.). Now with iPDK the foundries can spend less time in getting their symbols and layout generators into each EDA vendor tool. Even the EDA vendors have an efficiency benefit once they adopt iPDK.
Beyond just getting schematic symbols for S-Edit and generators for L-Edit you also get a Power Management AMS Flow, including a reference design for a Band Gap circuit. This is certainly going to save analog IC designers a week of effort.
I like the tag line for Tanner EDA on Twitter: Making EDA Affordable

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