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Cadence Releases Mixed-Signal Methodology Guide, Available Now on Lulu and coming soon on Amazon

The new “Mixed-Signal Methodology Guide” released by Cadence delivers the industry’s first comprehensive review of the advanced design, verification, and implementation techniques required to successfully develop today’s analog/mixed-signal IP, IC, and SoC designs.

Traditionally, analog and mixed-signal designers relied strongly on their experience and resisted change. But the fast pace of changes in complexity and composition of mixed-signal designs requires major changes in design methodology to ensure continued success in delivering high-quality products, productively and on time.

First, a design team is much larger and includes designers with many different skills, requiring them to collaborate much more closely. Second, the size and complexity of a modern mixed-signal design requires a higher level of abstraction for analog so that design can be analyzed and verified earlier at the system level. Third, a much higher level of automation is required for some of the traditionally manual or semi-automated analog tasks to keep pace with highly automated digital methodology. Fourth, transparency between analog and digital domains as well as concurrent implementation are required to productively integrate mixed-signal designs in silicon, supported by in-design analysis for faster design closure.

These and other factors require designers to seriously consider different methodologies and be open to change. The Mixed-Signal Methodology Guide: Advanced Methodology for AMS IP and SoC Design, Verification, and Implementation outlines many advances in methodology and their application that can help design teams improve their mixed-signal design flows.

For managers, the book provides an overview of modern mixed-signal methodologies to help them better understand and plan investment in design capabilities and skills in light of the benefits they offer. For analog and digital designers, the book offers a peek into and a better understanding of each others’ domains and disciplines they are not directly responsible for, but quite dependent on for the success of the overall mixed-signal project.

Authored by technology experts from Boeing, Cadence, Qualcomm, and ClioSoft, the book takes a close look at:

  • Using advanced analog and mixed-signal behavioral modeling to raise analog design to a higher level of abstraction
  • Challenges and methods to improve analog/mixed-signal IP reuse
  • Applying digital-like verification methodology (including assertions, coverage, and metric-driven techniques) to analog/mixed-signal designs
  • Dynamic and static methods for verifying low-power intent in the context of mixed-signal design
  • Constraint-driven, concurrent analog and digital physical implementation methodology for floorplanning, block implementation, and chip integration
  • Techniques for designing analog at advanced process nodes for improved scaling
  • Different IC/package alternatives for integrating analog and digital functionality
The book includes many practical design examples and models demonstrating how to apply advanced methodology, making it an excellent reference for analog, digital, and mixed-signal designers, as well as verification and physical implementation engineers.

The Mixed-Signal Methodology Guide is available now on and soon on Purchase the book before August 31 on and get 40% off!

Table of Contents
Chapter 1:Mixed-Signal Design Trends and Challenges
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Chapter 2:Overview of Mixed-Signal Design Methodologies
Chapter 3:AMS Behavioral Modeling
Chapter 4:Mixed-Signal Verification Methodology
Chapter 5:A Practical Methodology for Verifying RF Designs
Chapter 6:Event-Driven Time-Domain Behavioral Modeling of Phase-Locked Loops
Chapter 7:Verifying Digitally-Assisted Analog Designs
Chapter 8:Mixed-Signal Physical Implementation Methodology
Chapter 9:Electrically-Aware Design Methodologies for Advanced Process Nodes
Chapter 10:IC Package Co-Design for Mixed-Signal Systems
Chapter 11:Data Management for Mixed-Signal Designs

Authors: Jess Chen, Michael Henrie, Monte F. Mar, Ph.D., Mladen Nizic, et al

"Currently, analog circuit designers must be overly conservative when designing mixed-signal systems on chip—avoiding approaches such as digitally enhanced analog that bring real benefit in terms of performance and flexibility, but at the cost of increased complexity because they have no reliable way of verifying such complex designs. Model-based analog verification is the only practical approach to verifying complex analog designs and thereby freeing the analog designer from this cage. The information and techniques presented in this book are critical to the implementation of a successful analog verification strategy. It is a timely addition to the bookshelf of anyone involved in mixed-signal system-on-chip development."
Ken Kundert, Ph.D.
President, Designer's Guide Consulting
"Mixed-signal designs require continued advancement in design methodology as well as highly skilled engineers. The methodology need to span all the way from system design to manufacturing processes to enable productive realization of today’s mixed-signal designs in silicon. This book provides excellent visibility into mixed-signal design challenges and advanced methodologies to address them. With its extensive coverage, I recommend it as an important reading for all analog, digital, and mixed-signal engineers working on mixed-signal designs."
Dr. Handel H. Jones
Founder and CEO, International Business Strategies Inc.
Author of Chinamerica
"The vast majority of SoCs today are advanced mixed-signal designs. Success demands that tools, methodologies, and design teams rethink and break out of the traditional silos in various functional and technology disciplines, and collaborate across the design chain and ecosystem. For more than 30 years in EDA, deep collaboration has always preceded innovation—and mixed-signal breakthroughs are no exception. As a global leader in end-to-end mixed-signal design automation and methodologies, 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. The methodologies captured in this book go a long way to codify the collective body of knowledge, experience, and best practices gained from these collaborations, and I believe it will be an indispensable guide for all analog, digital, and mixed-signal designers, both new and experienced."
Dr. Chi-Ping Hsu, Ph.D.
Sr. Vice President of R&D, Silicon Realization Group
Cadence Design Systems
"Over the past 20 years in the semiconductor industry, I have experienced first-hand the increasing role of mixed-signal circuits. As a mixed-signal designer, one can no longer consider analog and digital circuits independently. Instead, digital and analog circuits must be architected, designed, and verified in tandem. The Mixed-Signal Methodology Guide is an outstanding resource for both new and experienced circuit designers to understand the many facets of mixed-signal design and verification. The many real-world examples provided in this book, along with the provided example code, make this book a must-read for anyone involved in the day-to-day design of mixed-signal systems."
Kush Gulati, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Cambridge Analog Technologies
Executive Director, Advanced IP Development, Maxim Integrated Products Inc.

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