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An industrial view of electronic design automation

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4 Author(s)
Macmillen, D. ; Synopsys Inc., Mountain View, CA ; Camposano, R. ; Hill, D. ; Williams, T.W.

The automation of the design of electronic systems and circuits [electronic design automation (EDA)] has a history of strong innovation. The EDA business has profoundly influenced the integrated circuit (IC) business and vice-versa. This paper reviews the technologies, algorithms, and methodologies that have been used in EDA tools and the business impact of these technologies. In particular, we focus on four areas that have been key in defining the design methodologies over time: physical design, simulation/verification, synthesis, and test. We then look briefly into the future. Design will evolve toward more software programmability or some other kind of field configurability like field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). We discuss the kinds of tool sets needed to support design in this environment

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Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 12 )