Mixed-signal design is the art of taking real world analog information, such as light, touch, sound, vibration, pressure, or temperature, and bringing it into the digital world for processing. The growth in mixed-signal design has been fueled by an increasing demand for AI, automotive, IoT, communication, and industrial hardware applications (Figure 1).
Figure 1 - Mixed-Signal market segments
Designers are finding that these new markets for mixed-signal SoCs are revealing the shortcomings of legacy mixed-signal verification methodologies and tools. Some of these key issues are explored below.
THE “DIVIDE AND CONQUER” APPROACH IS RUNNING OUT OF STEAM
The push towards digitization & automation in real-world applications such as