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Interval analysis of linear analog circuits

: Dreyer, A.


IEEE Computer Society; Gesellschaft für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik -GAMM-; International Association for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation -IMACS-:
12th GAMM-IMACS International Symposium on Scientific Computing, Computer Arithmetic and Validated Numerics, SCAN 2006 : Duisburg, Germany, September 26-29, 2006
Los Alamitos, Calif.: IEEE Computer Society Press, 2006
ISBN: 978-0-7695-2821-2
9 pp.
International Symposium on Scientific Computing, Computer Arithmetic and Validated Numerics (SCAN) <12, 2006, Duisburg>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer ITWM ()

Reliable methods for the analysis of tolerance-affected analog circuits are of great importance in nowadays micro-electronics. It is impossible to produce circuits with exactly those parameter specifications proposed in the design process. Interval arithmetic can be used to obtain a worst-case analysis of the influence of component tolerances. This paper focuses on a new approach for interval-valued frequency-response analysis of linear analog circuits, which consist of current and voltage sources as well as resistors, capacitances, inductances, and all variants of controlled sources. Part and parcel of this strategy is the handling of fill-in patterns for those parameters related to uncertain components. Such systems can efficiently be solved by successive application of the Sherman-Morrison formula. The approach is also extended to complex-valued systems from frequency-domain analysis of linear circuits. Crude bounds can be obtained by treating real and imaginary part as different variables. The latter is improved by considering the correlations in order to obtain tighter enclosures of the solution.