Pocatello, Idaho--June 15, 1998--American Microsystems, Inc. (AMI; Pocatello) announced a new methodology for the verification of mixed analog/digital circuits. AMI's Mixed-Signal ASIC Solution (MSAS) includes a set of analysis tools that extends Cadence Design Systems, Inc.'s simulation backplane (including its Composer, Analog Artist, and Spectre products).
MSAS consists of a Spice-level analysis tool, simulation benches, behavioral libraries, and other tools. Together, the tools automate a large portion of the mixed-signal simulation process that previously required a custom simulation approach for every design.
Each of the MSAS tools provides a function not currently available in Cadence's mixed-signal simulation environment. They include AMI-Analyze for more robust simulation and analysis of Spice-level circuits; AMI-Spec for allowing the cataloging of circuits and their characteristics; simulation benches for commonly used analog functions; P-Cell libraries that instantiate GDSII configurations based on schematic representations; and three levels of behavioral models to allow the designer to choose from a rough representation of an analog block.
AMI's methodology allows for either a bottom-up or a top-down design approach. Customers have the option of translating existing digital circuits to AMI libraries using the Netrans tool suite for test generation and then adding key analog functions to them, reducing part count, and simplifying board assembly.
The AMI MSAS mixed signal methodology is available immediately for use on customers' circuits as part of their normal NRE charges.
American Microsystems, Inc.
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Pocatello, ID 83201
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