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Mentor, UMC address AMS needs

Posted: 30 May 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:analogue mixed-signal reference flow  design verification 

Mentor Graphics and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) have signed an agreement to develop a mixed-signal design flow to address the increasingly sophisticated requirements of today's analogue/mixed-signal (AMS) designers. The flow includes an integrated environment for design capture, data management and verification.

The reference design flow demonstrates a methodology that allows system-level partitioning, high-level trade-off and system validation throughout the design flow. Mentor's ADVance MS with ADiT and Design Architect-IC products are included in the flow. Both companies verified the design flow with successful system simulation of an UWB transceiver design.

"Through our collaboration with Mentor Graphics, the full chip mixed-signal transceiver reference design was successfully developed using the flow on our 130nm mixed-signal process," said Ken Liou, director of the IP and design support division at UMC. "The results prove that this reference flow is ready to help designers successfully produce other types of complex analogue-mixed signal products in silicon."

"It is a challenge to handle an RF SoC design with increasing design content in multiple application domains," said Jue-Hsien Chern, senior VP and general manager of deep sub-micron division at Mentor. "We worked very closely with UMC on the reference flow that can manage the complexity of RF system design and verification. Using the behavioural models with DA-IC and ADVance MS, this much improved efficiency on AMS SoC design will benefit our mutual customers."

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