Even in pre-dominantly digital systems, modern chips integrate onto a single die a significant amount of analog content, including high speed IOs, memory interfaces, thermal sensors, and a multitude of PLLs. Despite the vast majority of the transistors being dedicated to the digital circuitry, the limited number of analog transistors often consume just as many design and verification resources. Using current methodologies, even well- understood analog circuits require nearly as much effort to modify and/or port to a new process as the initial design. Even when an analog circuit can be re-used, validating its performance within the new system – especially if the circuit is controlled through a digital loop – is often the long pole in the overall flow. The reasons for this situation are both technical and sociological; inherent differences in the behaviors of digital vs. analog systems make analog design and validation much more resistant to automation. Similarly, the cultural distance between the EDA software developers and analog designers is much larger than the distance between them and digital designers.
The goal of this workshop is to bring together technologists and researchers from analog design as well as CAD tool development to foster collaboration and exchange of ideas as well as to spur further research into the intersection of these domains. In this spirit, the workshop will be held in Grenoble, in co-location with the CMOS-ET symposium and in the neighborhood of analog EDA industry.
"Will Silicon Proof Stay the Only Way to Verify Analog Circuits?"Slides
"Monitoring Mixed Signal Assertions - Theory, Tools and Applications"
"AMS Verification from Transistor to SoC"Slides
"Analog Verification Concepts: Industrial Deployment Case Studies"Slides