Carnegie Mellon University
Design Methodology for Mixed-Domain Systems-on-a-Chip

Tamal Mukherjee and Gary K. Fedder
IEEE Computer Society Workshop on VLSI, April, 1998.

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Digital design tools such as logic synthesis, semicustom layout and behavioral simulation have drastically changed the digital IC design process, enabling design of complex "systems on a chip". The usefulness of such chips are limited in a world dominated by information that is not represented by 0s and 1s. Overcoming these limitations has led to mixed-signal, and mixed-domain technologies. We focus on design methodologies and tools to aid the design of complex microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) having large numbers of mixed-domain components. We propose a hierarchically structured design approach that is compatible with standard IC design involving a schematic approach to MEMS design, a layout synthesis strategy for cell-level design automation, and a feature-recognition based device extractor for layout verification. We present emerging results on our design methodology and tools.

Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Microelectromechanical Systems Laboratory

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Tamal Mukherjee and Gary K. Fedder , "Design Methodology for Mixed-Domain Systems-on-a-Chip," IEEE Computer Society Workshop on VLSI, April, 1998.

BibTeX Reference
   author = "Tamal Mukherjee and Gary K {Fedder }",
   title = "Design Methodology for Mixed-Domain Systems-on-a-Chip",
   booktitle = "IEEE Computer Society Workshop on VLSI",
   month = "April",
   year = "1998",