by Ahmed Eisawy, Mentor Graphics
Nearly all of today's chips contain Analog/Mixed-Signal circuits. Although these often constitute only 25% of the total die, they may be 100% of the product differentiation and also, unfortunately, 80% of the problems in actually getting the chip to market in a cost effective and timely way. With growing complexity and shrinking time-tomarket Mixed-Signal verification is becoming an enormous challenge for designers, and improving Mixed-Signal verification performance and quality is critical for today's complex designs.
Source: Courtesy of IBS and Dr. Handel Jones
The challenges in mixed-signal verification stem from two opposing forces, time-to-market constraints and shrinking process technologies.