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Behavioral modeling of analog and mixed signal IC's: case studies of analog circuit simulation beyond SPICE

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1 Author(s)
Abidi, A.A. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., California Univ., Los Angeles, CA, USA

Analog circuit designers trust SPICE because it represents a circuit in terms of the laws of physics governing each component. However, the increasing size of analog microsystems and the heterogeneity of waveform types of interest time-domain, frequency-domain, discrete-time, continuous-time-make it almost impossible to simulate these circuits efficiently on SPICE. Behavioral modeling offers one possible way to abstract the features of interest in a circuit block. Although simulation programs such as Saber have offered behavioral modeling for more than a decade, few seasoned analog circuit designers avail themselves of this capability. This paper describes how behavioral models were used in three state-of-the-art high performance mixed-signal design projects

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Custom Integrated Circuits, 2001, IEEE Conference on.

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2001