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A procedural approach to automate the manual design process in analog integrated circuit design

  • This paper presents a novel approach to automating the design of analog integrated circuits: (1) the Expert Design Plan (EDP), a procedural generator, and (2) the EDP Language, a high-level description language for writing an EDP. An EDP is a parameterizable, executable script, which reproduces a designer’s course of action when designing a circuit. Thus, an EDP formalizes the design expert’s knowledge-based strategy and makes it reusable. Since it is essential that an EDP represents a circuit designers’ way of thinking and working as close as possible, the designers themselves should be enabled to create the EDP. Therefore, our approach provides a input method through a domain-specific language called EDP Language (EDPL). Using this language is intuitive and requires no special training. In an exemplary implementation of our approach, a common-source amplifier is automatically sized using a set of only 10 instructions. Even in the first usage our EDP approach has appeared to be more efficient than the manual sizing process.

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Author of HS ReutlingenLeber, Florian; Scheible, Jürgen
Erschienen in:Analog 2018 : meet your CAD guy, meet your designer : Beiträge der 16. GMM/ITG-Fachtagung, 13.-14. September 2018 in München, Neubiberg. - (GMM-Fachbericht ; 91)
Publisher:VDE Verlag
Place of publication:Berlin
Document Type:Conference proceeding
Publication year:2018
Page Number:6
First Page:175
Last Page:180
PPN:Im Katalog der Hochschule Reutlingen ansehen
DDC classes:620 Ingenieurwissenschaften und Maschinenbau
Open access?:Nein