Tomorrow's analog: Just dead or just different?

Georges Gielen, Rob Rutenbar, S. Borkar, R. Brodersen, J. H. Chern, E. Naviasky, D. Saias, C. Sodini

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This panel discusses the following topics. With the ongoing trend towards more and more digitization in applications ranging from multimedia to telecommunications, there is a big debate about whether there will remain a need for analog circuits in scaled technologies. Analog circuits do not seem to take advantage of nanometer CMOS; rather they suffer from it. So if the question is asked "Will analog scale?", you get conflicting opinions. One camp argues for an almost-all-digital future: analog/RF content should be limited, because it's difficult, expensive, risky, and can be done with DSP. The opposing camp counters that some critical circuits simply do not want (or need) to scale, and analog is only "risky" when you let digital designers do it. So, what is the future role of analog circuits in scaled CMOS, and can analog EDA tools help in this .

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2006 43rd ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC'06
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings - Design Automation Conference
ISSN (Print)0738-100X


  • Analog CAD tools
  • Analog design
  • Analog design methodologies
  • Mixed-signal design
  • RF design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Control and Systems Engineering


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