A Procedural Approach to Automate the Manual Design Process in Analog Integrated Circuit Design

Konferenz: ANALOG 2018 - 16. GMM/ITG-Fachtagung
13.09.2018 - 14.09.2018 in München/Neubiberg, Deutschland

Tagungsband: GMM-Fb. 91: ANALOG 2018

Seiten: 6Sprache: EnglischTyp: PDF

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Leber, Florian; Scheible, Juergen (Robert Bosch Center for Power Electronics, Reutlingen University, Alteburgstr. 150, 72762 Reutlingen, Germany)

This paper presents a novel approach to automating the design of analog integrated circuits: (1) the Expert Design Plan (EDP), a procedural generator, and (2) the EDP Language, a high-level description language for writing an EDP. An EDP is a parameterizable, executable script, which reproduces a designer’s course of action when designing a circuit. Thus, an EDP formalizes the design expert’s knowledge-based strategy and makes it reusable. Since it is essential that an EDP represents a circuit designers’ way of thinking and working as close as possible, the designers themselves should be enabled to create the EDP. Therefor, our approach provides a input method through a domain-specific language called EDP Language (EDPL). Using this language is intuitive and requires no special training. In an exemplary implementation of our approach, a common-source amplifier is automatically sized using a set of only 10 instructions. Even in the first usage our EDP approach has appeared to be more efficient than the manual sizing process.