MAELSTROM: Efficient simulation-based synthesis for custom analog cells

Michael Krasnicki, Rodney Phelps, Robin A Rutenbar, L. Richard Carley

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Analog synthesis tools have failed to migrate into mainstream use primarily because of difficulties in reconciling the simplified models required for synthesis with the industrial-strength simulation environments required for validation. MAELSTROM is a new approach that synthesizes a circuit using the same simulation environment created to validate the circuit. We introduce a novel genetic/annealing optimizer, and leverage network parallelism to achieve efficient simulator-in-the-loop analog synthesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)945-950
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings - Design Automation Conference
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 36th Annual Design Automation Conference (DAC) - New Orleans, LA, USA
Duration: Jun 21 1999Jun 25 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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