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Traditionally, we separate one DC-DC/LDO into two ports for IR drop analysis: Sink and VRM. We consider these two sources to be independent. The VRM will supply power for its loads. Based on the simulation, we will calculate the VRM total current. Then, we will use the law of conservation of energy to calculate the sink current of the DC-DC by assuming the sink voltage is the same as its VRM nominal voltage.
This method has some limitations, which impact the accuracy:
This Rapid Adoption Kit (RAK) introduces a new quick and accurate method for DC-DC/LDO calculation, which overcomes all of the above issues. This and other RAK's covering a wide range of topics and questions are available to all customers with a Cadence Online Support Account.
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