엔트리 Ingrid Schwarz

Low-Power Systems-on-a-Chip CAD

Mixed-signal systems-on-a-chip (SOC) integration of digital, analog, RF, and power components is emerging to meet demands for low-power, highly integrated systems in portable computing, wireless communications, and multimedia.

SPICE Model Validation

The importance of the MOS device SPICE model validation and the introduction of the validation routine in UTMOST III was presented in Simulation Standard article issued on September 1996. The recent developments and the practical applications for the “Validate” routine will be presented in this article.

UTMOST Log File Conversion for TonyPlot

A new feature has recently been added to UTMOST: the ability to convert UTMOST log files into a format suitable for viewing in TonyPlot. This new feature is controlled from the UTMOST Output Log File screen, and is compatible with all UTMOST plot types. The conversion process will also automatically produce the derivative data types associated with certain UTMOST routines (such as the mosfet module’s ALL_DC, or the bipolar module’s BF and BR).

Release of RPI Amorphous Silicon and Polysilicon TFT Models in SmartSpice and UTMOST

Thin film transistors (TFTs) have an important application in the manufacture of active matrix LCD displays. As this technology has become more mature, a number of different models of both amorphous silicon (a-Si) and polysilicon TFTs have been proposed. Recently two new models developed by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have been implemented in the SmartSpice circuit simulator. These models are also now available in the TFT module of UTMOST III and this article will discuss the different model characteristics, and their use in both SmartSpice and UTMOST III.

Release of an Upgraded SmartSpice Interface to Cadence

The SmartSpice Interface to Cadence integrates the Analog Artist and Composer elements of the Cadence Design Framework II (DFII) with SmartSpice. This integration is accomplished, in versions 4.4.0 and later of DFII, through the Cadence Spice Socket (cdsSpice) and the OASIS interface in the Analog Artist and Composer components of DFII. Versions of DFII prior to 4.4.0 are also supported by SmartSpice, but these solutions rely on the older HSPICE Socket, and necessarily offer substantially less functionality than is provided by the current interface.