Integrated hierarchical synthesis of analog/RF circuits with accurate performance mapping

Kuo Hsuan Meng*, Po Cheng Pan, Hung-Ming Chen

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Abstract

This work presents a synthesis framework for nanometer analog, mixed-signal, and radio-frequency circuit design. Our approach has both the advantages of accuracy and efficiency, accomplished by integrating both circuit simulator and analytic formulation. Through performance space exploration, this work facilitates optimal specification setting and trade-off aspect identification from nanometer technology nodes. The hierarchical global-to-local search process consists of device characterization, mapping from geometry-biasing parameters through circuit-level parameters to performance metrics, and reverse identification of optimal design varaibles with fine-tuning. The nature of hierarchy enables the capability of synthesizing large-scaled design with guarantee of accurate and fast convergence to the global optimum. Also this framework can be utilized to identify the constraints that are critically strict to the overall performance, such that the circuit can be designed to operate close to its limit. A radio-frequency distributed amplifier is synthesized as the demonstration showing that the proposed framework is effective and efficient.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design, ISQED 2011
Pages777-784
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 22 Jun 2011
Event12th International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design, ISQED 2011 - Santa Clara, CA, United States
Duration: 14 Mar 201116 Mar 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design, ISQED 2011

Conference

Conference12th International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design, ISQED 2011
CountryUnited States
CitySanta Clara, CA
Period14/03/1116/03/11

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