February 8, 2019 – Thalia Design Automation introduced analog schematic porting capabilities within its AMALIA analog design automation tool suite. Configured for users of TSMC, Global Foundries, UMC, SMIC, and in-house technologies of Tier 1 design companies, the AMALIA schematic porting capability is used in analog migration projects.
Schematic porting is one of the key steps for designers wishing to move analog IP between different foundry providers or process nodes. Integrating with existing AMALIA design centering capabilities, the tool suggests candidate porting solutions based on key design properties – such as device width/length; technology limitations such as minimum/maximum permissible device dimensions and area constraints; and design constraints.
As well as automating the porting process, the AMALIA Design Suite also works to increase designer productivity by providing a detailed analysis highlighting issues that require the expertise of an experienced analog design engineer.
The AMALIA porting capability encompasses device mapping, target process rules/ constraints, algorithms for schematic layout and an error checker. It includes algorithms to maintain W/L, transconductance (gm) ratios and total capacitance and resistance values in light of area constraints. It also inspects interconnect and terminal locations, ‘rewiring’ the design to address any shorts.
The AMALIA analog design automation tool suite integrates with the Cadence analog design flow, accepting inputs via the industry-standard Component Description Format (CDF). AMALIA schematic porting tools will be commercially available in Q4 2019.