Using Top-Down CAD Tools for Mixed Analog/Digital ASICs: a Practical Design Case

Part of the The Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 364)


A mixed analog/digital ASIC from a real satellite application (a radiation detector front-end) has been designed, simulated and processed according to a hierarchical top-down design methodology. CAD tools (commercial and academic) have been used as much as possible. The top-down methodology is discussed and illustrated by going through the different steps of the ASIC design. At each level the different choices and tradeoffs are briefly discussed and practical difficulties of top-down design are pointed out. One of the most important problems in top-down mixed-signal ASIC design—modeling and verification—is highlighted and discussed in detail.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dep. Elektrotechniek, ESAT-MICASKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenHeverleeBelgium
  2. 2.Dept. of Electrical EngineeringEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.INVOMEC divisionIMECHeverleeBelgium

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