A novel parasitic-aware synthesis and verification flow for RFIC desien

Wang Xuejin, Stephen McCracken, Aykut Dengi, Koji Takinami, Takayuki Tsukizawa, Yasunori Miyahara

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Abstract

The design of radio-frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) is highly sensitive to layout parasitics. In conventional methodologies, the layout parasitics are known only after the layout is complete and the schematic is resized to compensate for these parasitics. The drawback of such a methodology is that the convergence of this design iteration remains unpredictable. This paper proposes a novel synthesis and verification flow for RFIC designs. The design flow is composed of three stages: circuit sizing with floorplan, performance-aware floorplan refinement, and full-wave electromagnetic (EM) extraction. Layout parasitics are considered throughout the design flow in the proposed methodology. As a result, parasitic closure can be achieved quickly and design iterations may not be required. As an example, the proposed design flow is applied to a crosscoupled inductance-capacitance (LC) VCO. Demonstrating the efficiency of the proposed flow for RFIC designs, it required only two weeks to meet all the design specifications with no iterations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 36th European Microwave Conference, EuMC 2006
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages664-667
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)2960055160, 9782960055160
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Event36th European Microwave Conference, EuMC 2006 - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 10 2006Sep 12 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 36th European Microwave Conference, EuMC 2006

Other

Other36th European Microwave Conference, EuMC 2006
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period9/10/069/12/06

Keywords

  • Circuit optimization
  • Circuit synthesis
  • Electromagnetic analysis
  • Integrated circuit interconnections
  • Voltage controlled oscillators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Radiation

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