The vast majority of SoCs today are
advanced mixed-signal designs. The old mixed-signal world looked like an analog
environment on the left bolted to a digital environment on the right. Depending
on which engineering group was responsible for final assembly, one part would
be treated as a black box and the two parts would be bolted together at the
system-on-chip (SoC) level. But today's mixed-signal designs have multiple
feedback loops, complex modeling requirements, and higher performance targets. This means it's no longer possible to deconstruct designs into separate analog and
digital functions. Engineers must embrace the digital-centric metric-driven
verification methodologies into their mixed-signal verification (MSV) flows.
Engineers also need an integrated MSV environment that focuses on performance
and reliability. Top-level SoC verification has become a critical challenge-and
functional failures can result in costly design iterations and missed market
Success demands that tool, methodologies,
and design teams rethink and break out of traditional silos in various
functional and technology disciplines, and collaborates across the design chain
and ecosystem. Cadence has had the opportunity to team with the world's top
semiconductor companies and ecosystem partners on every significant
mixed-signal design over the past 25 years, and has thus evolved its MSV solutions to address this demand. Mixed-signal
simulators and environments such as Cadence's Virtuoso® AMS Designer Simulator and
Incisive® simulators have evolved to support true mixed-signal simulations.
Furthermore, by interfacing the Virtuoso and
Encounter platforms through the industry-standard OpenAccess (OA) database,
Cadence has also enabled a new generation of interoperable mixed-signal flows
and methodologies that help analog and digital design teams efficiently implement
complex mixed-signal designs. This has resulted in fewer iterations and
communication errors between design teams, especially during floorplanning,
chip integration, and engineering change order (ECO) processes.
So, I'll now ask, "Are you interested in learning various aspects of mixed-signal verification
and implementation flows, provided by Cadence, with a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach?"
analog circuits with WREAL
- Introduction to AMS Designer Simulation
- Mixed-Signal Low-Power Structural Verification
Mixed-Signal (DMS) Implementation using EDI and Virtuoso
- CPF-AMS Low-Power Mixed-Signal Simulation
- Schematic Model Generator
- amsDmv - AMS Design and Model Validation
- Analog-on-Top Mixed-Signal Implementation:
Virtuoso Black Box Flow with IC61
- Mixed-Signal Simulation with Real Number
- Mixed-Signal Verification - Connectivity
- Mixed-Signal Verification - System Verilog
Real Number Modeling
Adoption Kits (RAKs) from Cadence help engineers learn foundational aspects of
Cadence tools and design and verification methodologies using a "DIY"
approach. The associated application notes, tutorials and videos also aid to develop a deep understanding of the said subject. Please don't get me
wrong: instructor-led, structured training programs work beautifully if you can
invest the time and money. But there is always demand for learning something
simply and quickly on your own in some corner of the world.
Today, we have eleven (11)
RAKs, on subjects mentioned in the above list that are focused to help our
users learn various aspects of mixed-signal verification
and implementation flows. They demonstrate
how you can improve your productivity and maximize the benefits of Cadence
tools and technologies in the mixed-signal space.
These RAKs are an outstanding resource
for both new and experienced circuit designers to understand the many facets of mixed-signal design, verification, and implementation. The many examples
provided in the labs, along with provided example code, make these RAKs a must-do for anyone involved in the day-to-day design of mixed-signal systems.
Download your mixed-signal RAK today from htttp://support.cadence.com/ms-raks
The big challenge that I
have faced with learning is how to find the right learning vehicle that helps
me discover what I didn't already know in a short period of time. If you also
struggle with this, be sure to look into our RAKs, available at http://support.cadence.com/raks
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