The Analog Designer's Toolbox (ADT): Towards A New Paradigm for Analog IC Design
The integrated circuit (IC) technology has witnessed an exponential advancement in the last decades and has changed every aspect in our life. On the other hand, the analog IC design flow did not experience any major change since the introduction of Berkeley SPICE in the 1970s, posing significant challenges to the design of complex systems and to the transfer of analog design expertise and knowledge. The Analog Designer’s Toolbox (ADT) is an analog EDA tool that addresses this problem by defining a new paradigm in analog IC design. ADT provides a turnkey solution that enables everyone to reap the benefits of the gm/ID design methodology powered by precomputed lookup tables (LUTs). At the device level, ADT Device Xplore gives an easy interface to plot arbitrary design charts involving complex expressions. The designer can explore devices from different technologies at different corners and temperatures, and extract simulator-accurate design points while taking second-order effects into consideration. At the block level, ADT Design Xplore gives the designer the power of design space exploration, constraints management, live tuning, and optimization, all in a single cockpit without invoking the simulator. Moreover, with a single click, ADT can build the testbenches in the background and report the results from your favorite simulator. We designed ADT for every analog designer to be more productive, to make the design process more systematic and optimized, and to make your job more fun!