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Layout-Aware Challenges and a Solution for the Automatic Synthesis of Radio-Frequency IC Blocks

Martins, R. M. ; Lourenço, N. ; Póvoa , R. ; Canelas, A. ; Horta, N. ; Passos, F. P. ; Castro-López, R. ; Roca, E. ; Fernández, F.

Layout-Aware Challenges and a Solution for the Automatic Synthesis of Radio-Frequency IC Blocks, Proc International Conf. on Synthesis, Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Methods and Applications to Circuit Design - SMACD, Taormina, Italy, Vol. , pp. - , June, 2017.

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Abstract
In this paper, the major methodologies proposed in the last years to speed-up the synthesis of radio-frequency integrated circuits blocks are overviewed. The challenges to automate this task are discussed, and, to avoid non-systematic iterations between circuit and layout design steps, the architecture of an innovative solution is proposed. The proposed tool exploits the full capabilities of most established computer-aided design tools available nowadays, i.e., off-the-shelf circuit simulator, electromagnetic simulator and layout extractor. The approach intends to bypass the two major bottlenecks of RF-design: the design of reliable integrated inductors and accurate layout parasitic estimates since the early stages of design process.