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Multiphysics Challenges for EDA Tools

Redaktionell betreuter Blog-Beitrag auf, 10.05.2018
: Sohrmann, Christoph

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Fraunhofer IIS, Institutsteil Entwurfsautomatisierung (EAS) ()

Demand for analog electronics is growing, making it increasingly important to predict future scaling problems: Cost and performance are the main drivers for scaling of integrated circuits. However, some applications do not scale as easily as others. This is particularly true for analog circuits and everything related to high voltage and high power. Still, the demand for these kind of applications is growing rapidly due to new emerging markets such as Industry 4.0, IoT, and e-mobility. In the automotive sector, almost any innovation relates to some sort of analog electronics. In order to stay competitive in those markets, suppliers are forced to scale their products to reduce cost, while increasing performance and reliability. To meet those tough specifications, the efficiency of the IC needs to increase by integrating more and more functions on a single die, i.e., monolithically integrating different blocks of the circuit. One of the most prominent application areas involves power management circuits (PMICs), where monolithic integration leads to significant savings in area and cost. Although conservative technologies are commonly used, physics will introduce new proximity effects, which prevent a straightforward scaling and feature density increase.