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The vast majority of SoCs today are advanced mixed-signal designs. The old mixed-signal world looked like an analog environment on the left bolted to a digital environment on the right. Depending on which engineering group was responsible for final assembly, one part would be treated as a black box and the two parts would be bolted together at the system-on-chip (SoC) level. But today's mixed-signal designs have multiple feedback loops, complex modeling requirements, and higher performance targets. This means it's no longer possible to deconstruct designs into separate analog and digital functions. Engineers must embrace the digital-centric metric-driven verification methodologies into their mixed-signal verification (MSV) flows. Engineers also need an integrated MSV environment that focuses on performance and reliability. Top-level SoC verification has become a critical challenge-and functional failures can result in costly design iterations and missed market windows.
Success demands that tool, methodologies, and design teams rethink and break out of traditional silos in various functional and technology disciplines, and collaborates across the design chain and ecosystem. Cadence has had the opportunity to team with the world's top semiconductor companies and ecosystem partners on every significant mixed-signal design over the past 25 years, and has thus evolved its MSV solutions to address this demand. Mixed-signal simulators and environments such as Cadence's Virtuoso® AMS Designer Simulator and Incisive® simulators have evolved to support true mixed-signal simulations.
Furthermore, by interfacing the Virtuoso and Encounter platforms through the industry-standard OpenAccess (OA) database, Cadence has also enabled a new generation of interoperable mixed-signal flows and methodologies that help analog and digital design teams efficiently implement complex mixed-signal designs. This has resulted in fewer iterations and communication errors between design teams, especially during floorplanning, chip integration, and engineering change order (ECO) processes.
So, I'll now ask, "Are you interested in learning various aspects of mixed-signal verification and implementation flows, provided by Cadence, with a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach?"
Rapid Adoption Kits (RAKs) from Cadence help engineers learn foundational aspects of Cadence tools and design and verification methodologies using a "DIY" approach. The associated application notes, tutorials and videos also aid to develop a deep understanding of the said subject. Please don't get me wrong: instructor-led, structured training programs work beautifully if you can invest the time and money. But there is always demand for learning something simply and quickly on your own in some corner of the world.
Today, we have eleven (11) RAKs, on subjects mentioned in the above list that are focused to help our users learn various aspects of mixed-signal verification and implementation flows. They demonstrate how you can improve your productivity and maximize the benefits of Cadence tools and technologies in the mixed-signal space.
These RAKs are an outstanding resource for both new and experienced circuit designers to understand the many facets of mixed-signal design, verification, and implementation. The many examples provided in the labs, along with provided example code, make these RAKs a must-do for anyone involved in the day-to-day design of mixed-signal systems.
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The big challenge that I have faced with learning is how to find the right learning vehicle that helps me discover what I didn't already know in a short period of time. If you also struggle with this, be sure to look into our RAKs, available at http://support.cadence.com/raks
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