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Virtuoso,Custom IC Design

  • Things You Didn't Know About Virtuoso: Introduction

    A while ago, I somehow ended up on the mailing list of a rather odd catalog called "Things You Never Knew Existed..." I think I got on the list when I bought some stocking stuffers for my kids for Christmas-things like little plastic pencil sharpeners shaped like noses (yes, you have the right...
    Posted to Custom IC Design (Weblog) by stacyw on Tue, May 12 2009
  • Jurassic Park IV: The Return of ANALOG

    In the lab, no one can hear you scream! When I was getting my BSEE in the 1980s and studying analog and communications, my friends would say, “Why are you studying that old dinosaur, digital is where it’s at!”. Well, far from being consigned to the La Brea tar pit, analog is once again...
    Posted to Custom IC Design (Weblog) by NewYorkSteve on Tue, May 5 2009
  • Getting a Feel for RF

    It was a delight when I read the blog by Bill Schweber of TechOnline's RF DesignLine titled “ Getting some basic RF experience ”. I was surprising pleased that somebody took the time to talk about how one might get the feel for RF. That is because what Bob talks about is more or less...
    Posted to Custom IC Design (Weblog) by TomC on Wed, Apr 29 2009
  • OpenAccess, Its Just a Database…

    I suspect that in another year we’ll all stop talking about OpenAccess (OA) like it is something special and treat it the way it should be, that it is just another database. Having said that, I know I’m going to get plenty of email about my portrayal of OA from colleagues and others but that...
    Posted to Custom IC Design (Weblog) by TomC on Mon, Apr 20 2009
  • Virtuoso, the SATs, and the Dark Knight - Part II

    Well, are you still wondering what Virtuoso has to do with the SATs and The Dark Knight ? Well, thanks for indulging me, I hope the suspense wasn’t too much to bear! As I mentioned in part 1 , if you had taken the January 2009 SAT test, again, like my daughter did, you had this as one of your essay...
    Posted to Custom IC Design (Weblog) by mrkelly on Mon, Apr 6 2009
  • What’s all the Hoopla with PDKs?

    At a purely technical level, Process Design Kits are fairly innocuous. They are used to enable custom IC design flows. A Process Design Kit (PDK) includes device models, schematic symbols, netlisting procedures and parameterizable cell layout generators. Physical verification rule decks and a parasitic...
    Posted to Custom IC Design (Weblog) by Robin Sarma on Tue, Mar 31 2009
  • Analog Design Validation: What is Your Recipe for Success?

    Every analog circuit design goes through some kind of electrical validation step before release to manufacture. The depth and breadth of this testing depend on the design itself, the end application and of course that all important deadline. When it comes to custom design, there is also an individual...
    Posted to Custom IC Design (Weblog) by Nigel on Tue, Mar 31 2009
  • Virtuoso, the SATs, and The Dark Knight - Part I

    You are probably wondering what Virtuoso has to do with the SATs and The Dark Knight. Well, first of all, it has only been in the past few years (so this, obviously isn’t something I’ve had to do!), but today's high school students now have to answer essay questions on the SAT test, in...
    Posted to Custom IC Design (Weblog) by mrkelly on Mon, Mar 30 2009
  • Automated Digital Block Implementation Using Virtuoso

    Have you ever found yourself laying out a digital block in Virtuoso where you have so many standard cells to place and route that you wish you could use an automated tool to place and route those cells? Maybe you even at one point considered using a Big-Digital P&R tool like Encounter Digital Implementation...
    Posted to Custom IC Design (Weblog) by LayoutWolf on Fri, Mar 27 2009
  • Moving an Ecosystem

    Recently, a colleague here at Cadence created the image of an ecosystem , whose existence was necessary to sustain the ability to take custom design into new realms of ever increasingly small and complex technologies. He of course was referring to Virtuoso . He asserted that “…that it takes...
    Posted to Custom IC Design (Weblog) by TomC on Mon, Mar 23 2009
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