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gPCDS : an interactive tool for creating schematic module generators in analog IC design

  • Optimization-based design automation for analog ICs still remains behind the demands. A promising alternative is given by procedural approaches such as parameterized generators, also known as PCells. We are working on a complete analog design flow based on parameterized generators for entire circuits and corresponding layout modules. Because the conventional programming of such enhanced generators is far too complicated and costly, new methods are needed to ease their development. This paper presents gPCDS (graphical PCDS), a novel tool for a designer-oriented development of schematic module generators, integrated into a common schematic entry environment. The tool is based on PCDS (Parameterized Circuit Description Scheme), a meta-language for the creation of parametrized analog circuits. Schematic module generators are a very desirable complement to layout module generators in order to achieve a seamless schematic- driven layout design flow on module level. By facilitating a way of generator development that matches a design expert’s mentality, gPCDS contributes to close this gap in the analog design flow.

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Author of HS ReutlingenGreif, Matthias; Marolt, Daniel; Scheible, Jürgen
Erschienen in:12th Conference on Ph.D. Research in Microelectronics and Electronics (PRIME) : 27 - 30 June 2016, Lisbon, Portugal
Place of publication:Piscataway, NJ
Document Type:Conference proceeding
Publication year:2016
Tag:analog design automation; analog synthesis; expert knowledge; parameterized generators; pcells; procedures; re-use
Page Number:4
DDC classes:620 Ingenieurwissenschaften und Maschinenbau
Open access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  In Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt