IEEE Transactions on computer-aided design of integrated circuits and systems vol:20 issue:9 pages:1037-1058
A synthesis environment for analog integrated circuits is presented that is able to drastically increase design and layout productivity for analog blocks. The system covers the complete design flow from specification over topology selection and optimal circuit sizing down to automatic layout generation and performance characterization. It follows a hierarchical refinement strategy for more complex cells and is process independent. The sizing is based on an improved equation-based optimization approach, where the circuit behavior is characterized by declarative models that are then converted in a sequential design plan. Supporting tools have been developed to reduce the total effort to set up a new circuit topology in the system's database. The performance-driven layout generation tool guarantees layouts that satisfy all performance constraints. Redesign support is included in the design flow management to perform backtracking in case of design problems. The experimental results illustrate the productiveness and efficiency of the environment for the synthesis and process tuning of frequently used analog cells.