Typical simulation solutions for complex mixed-signal IC design are based upon a digital simulator communicating with an analogue simulator. However, two simulation algorithms are insufficient to support complete simulation of todays complex systems. In a typical telecommunications system we can expect to find at least some of the following blocks: RAM, ROM, DSP’s, Filters, control logic, A-to-D and D-to-A convertors, datapaths, embedded processors and numerous analogue interface circuitry. These blocks all function in at least one of the following domains: analogue continuous time usually called analogue; digital continuous time usually called digital; analogue discrete time usually called sampled data; and digital discrete time usually called DSR This paper discusses the issues involved in the simulation and analysis of analogue, digital, sampled data and DSP blocks as a system and presents a potential solution for end users, based on currently available technology.
KeywordsAbstraction Level Analogue Simulator Mentor Graphic Design Architect Programmable Gain Amplifier
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