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Fundamentals of Mixed-Signal SoC Development

Posted on: Jun 23, 2010 | Duration: 50 min.
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While we focus much of our engineering activity on advancing the state of the art in digital design, those digital wonders must still interface to what is still an analog world, via sensors and actuators driven by analog and mixed-signal circuitry. For many designers, this crossover point between digital and analog is a no-man's land laden with uncertainty and design 'gotchas' that can quickly enmesh an otherwise competent team.

In the Fundamentals of Mixed-Signal SoC Development, Brian Bailey carries designers safely through this crossover point, starting with an explanation of why digital and analog are so different, what each design flow looks like, what a mixed-signal flow looks like and how to implement one. Along the way, Bailey will deal with languages, abstractions, verification, silicon implementation, and analysis. He will conclude with a look at a practical example of a modern tool suite using Cadence’s Virtuoso tools.

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prabhakar_deosthali Posted Aug 3, 2010

This paper looks to be a very concise introduction to MIxed signal SOC design. I have a query to the author. I heard a couple of years back that Analog FPGAs are now available. Does this make the in-circuit-emulation of Analog, or for that matter the mixed signal SoCs in real time ( by combining Analog and Digital FPGAs to simulate the complete mixed signal SOC) Socs in real time, possible ? Does Cadence provide tools to trasfer the mixed signal design into Analog and Digital FPGAs?

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BrianBailey Posted Sep 4, 2010

Unfortunately most Analog components are highly specialized and just in the same way that we have problems with generalized abstractions for analog models, the same problems exist when trying to make them programmable, such as in an FPGA. There have been programmable op-amps, or other specific analog components, but just think about the general difficulty in taking analog components such as capacitors and resistors and routing them through a programmable fabric, when the interconnect has capacitance and resistance itself. So, unfortunately this is not possible today.

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Def Posted Apr 26, 2011

Very good fundamentals course. Just two comments: 1. Some slides have text that is too small. 2. The later slides on Cadence tools are less understandable than the rest of the course.

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Dhariyash Posted Jul 15, 2011

Is there any way that I can save the webinar in my HDD for future reference ?

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Prarthana Sundar Posted Jul 12, 2012

Is this course still available? It doesn't launch at all

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Frank Eory Posted Jul 12, 2012

It worked for me in Firefox. BTW, thanks Brian for putting this together. I somehow missed it 2 years ago, but am glad I found it. A very nice overview of AMS design & verification.

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