Advanced Mixed-Signal Integrated Design Environment


ADMIRE - 6640

Keywords integrated CAD environments, mixed-signal circuits, DSP systems


Start Date: 01-JUN-92 / Duration: 48 months

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Objectives and Approach

The objective of ADMIRE is to reduce the levels of expertise required and the design cycle time needed to develop mixed signal circuits, and so also reduce their cost.

The approach will be to develop an integrated tool set (simulation, synthesis, layout generation) that covers all design aspects, including innovative tools such as analogue synthesis, and that frees the designer from the burden of handling details specific to mixed signal design. An extensive library of functions will be provided.

An important feature of the tool set will be the ability to remain technology independent for as long as possible in the design cycle, to obtain a better design portability, and to be able to refocus the design onto a new technology relatively late in the process design cycle.

The project will focus on digital signal processing systems with analogue parts, which are typical in applications such as cellular phones telecommunications), high definition television and video processing (consumer electronics), and global positioning and engine control (automotive).

Progress and Results

The major result of the first phase of work is a global functional specification of the mixed signal design system and the corresponding design methodology. The embedded tools which will be integrated into a prototype CAD environment are currently being developed and refined. High performance, mixed signal demonstrators are being identified in various application areas and will be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the new CAD tool.


CONTACT POINT

Dr Philippe Reynaert
European Development Centre
Abdijstraat 34
B - 3001 Leuven
tel: + 32/ 16-39 14 34
fax: + 32/ 16-40 60 76
email: philippe_reynaert@edc.mentorg.com

Participants

EUROPEAN DEVELOPMENT CENTRE - B - C
ESAT - B - P
RACAL RESEARCH LTD - UK - P
THOMSON COMPOSANTS MILITAIRES
ET SPACIAUX - F - P
MICROLEX SYSTEMS - DK - P


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ADMIRE - 6640, December 1993


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