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Nigel Bleasdale

I've spent 18 years designing mixed signal ICs, initially in power control and then onto data recovery systems.The past 10 years have been in the EDA industry, providing application support for mixed-signal simulators before moving to my current role as a Product Manager for Virtuoso tools. So yes, I have been around long enough to remember schematics on napkins, layout on Rubylith and LVS needed good eyesight.

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Analog Design vs. Automation -- Why Are They At Odds?
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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   Read More »
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So, where is that mixed-signal behavioral model I ordered?
It has been said many time that SPICE, the analog engineers tool of choice, is virtually the same as it was 20 years ago, while digital engineers have been happily zooming up the evolutionary chain. There have been a number of attempts to prod analog   Read More »
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