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Japan’s semiconductor industry is undergoing a significant change in recent years. We are seeing a shrinking business in SoC development while design and semiconductor companies are trying to focus more on higher profitable and differentiable products like microcontrollers and power management ICs. Most such designs are mixed-signal designs and hence the demand for technologies and innovations in this area is very high.
TowerJazz: TowerJazz presented the schematic-driven (Analog-on-Top) flow (Go to this link for a video recording of an earlier version of the flow at DAC 2012) for designing power management applications in 180nm and 130nm. The flow leverages Virtuoso as the cockpit and uses the OpenAccess database to integrate digital blocks implemented in Encounter Digital Implementation System. TowerJazz provides a mixed-signal PDK to enable smooth interoperability between Virtuoso and Encounter for improved productivity in floor-planning and chip integration.
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