Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

State of Analogue & MS Design today?

  1. Dec 17, 2011 #1

    I was reading an article/report (http://www.designers-guide.org/Design/tdd-principles.pdf) about how Analogue and mixed-signal design methods are too bottom-up when they should be top-down (like the modern digital methods). Browsing around, I haven't found much material published on this topic since... What tools exist to fix it?

    I've found Spectre and HSSPICE as possibilities, but I don't know to what extent these address RTL verification and synthesis. Also, are there automated methods to verify "gate-level" analogue circuits?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 17, 2011 #2

    jim hardy

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member
    2018 Award

    in my humble opinion

    small efficient organizations can do fine with bottom up methology.

    large bureaucratic ones must resort to that author's methods

    and that's why so much of large corporations' work is farmed out to smaller ones

    Parkinson's Laws should be required for both engineering and business curricula.

    "A methodology is a method that went to college" - Mark Twain
  4. Dec 18, 2011 #3
    Thanks for the quick response Jim.

    I agree with you on small organizations since I doubt they would pursue large, complex designs right out the gate. As for large corporations, I doubt they would outsource much of their work to smaller corporations - it would be costly and difficult to line up efforts for multiple blocks... Do they?

    For high-tech, I expect both engineering and business curricula do employ Parkinson's Law; especially in ASIC design. I'm just not positive.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook