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Schematic-Driven Substrate Noise Coupling Analysis in Mixed-Signal IC Designs

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5 Author(s)
Birrer, P. ; Cadence Design Systems, GmbH, Feldkirchen ; Arunachalam, S.K. ; Held, M. ; Mayaram, K.
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This paper presents an approach to reduce substrate cross-talk noise between noisy and sensitive circuitry in mixed-signal integrated circuits at different stages of design and layout development. Silencer! a new, fully automated, schematic-driven substrate noise coupling analysis tool is introduced to accomplish this task. The tool seamlessly enables substrate noise coupling analysis in a standard mixed-signal design flow. Two different methods, fast scalable macro-models and a boundary element solver are integrated into Silencer!. These methods allow extractions of a substrate network from geometric layout information. Simulation results obtained with Silencer! are accurate to within 10% of measured integrated circuits

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Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:53 ,  Issue: 12 )