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EDA: Where Electronics Begins
EDA: Where Electronics Begins
Published: 2009/02/09
Channel: Michael Sanie
Episode 18: Where EDA is Going
Episode 18: Where EDA is Going
Published: 2012/05/16
Channel: Synopsys
Electronic design automation
Electronic design automation
Published: 2014/10/10
Channel: Audiopedia
EasyEDA: a Free EDA Tool for Makers
EasyEDA: a Free EDA Tool for Makers
Published: 2016/07/29
Channel: ForceTronics
EasyEDA - Free online Schematic & PCB Design Software + How to make a PCB
EasyEDA - Free online Schematic & PCB Design Software + How to make a PCB
Published: 2016/07/30
Channel: Easy HomeMade Projects
EDA Research Tools By Dr Rajesh Mehra
EDA Research Tools By Dr Rajesh Mehra
Published: 2016/05/17
Channel: NCTEL
SOLIDWORKS 2018 - Easier Electronic Design
SOLIDWORKS 2018 - Easier Electronic Design
Published: 2017/09/12
Channel: SOLIDWORKS
PyEDA   Data Structures and Algorithms for Electronic Design Automation | SciPy 2015 | Chris Drake
PyEDA Data Structures and Algorithms for Electronic Design Automation | SciPy 2015 | Chris Drake
Published: 2015/07/09
Channel: Enthought
Introducing EasyEDA, Web-Based EDA Tool
Introducing EasyEDA, Web-Based EDA Tool
Published: 2013/12/01
Channel: EasyEDA
Global Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Market 2014-2018
Global Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Market 2014-2018
Published: 2014/10/14
Channel: Technavio
Electronic Design Services - Custom Electronics 2017
Electronic Design Services - Custom Electronics 2017
Published: 2017/05/19
Channel: Mazi H
PCB Design Process: The EDA Design Approach - OnTrack
PCB Design Process: The EDA Design Approach - OnTrack
Published: 2017/08/29
Channel: Altium
Electronic Design Automation & eCAD Demo
Electronic Design Automation & eCAD Demo
Published: 2013/09/06
Channel: ECSE UOIT
Electronic Design Automation Synthesis, Verification, and Test Systems on Silicon
Electronic Design Automation Synthesis, Verification, and Test Systems on Silicon
Published: 2017/06/05
Channel: brett gilbert
Electronic Design Automation for IC Implementation Circuit Design and Process Technology
Electronic Design Automation for IC Implementation Circuit Design and Process Technology
Published: 2016/05/10
Channel: Aland
DAC 2016 | Visionary Talk: Learning from Life: Biologically Inspired Electronic Design
DAC 2016 | Visionary Talk: Learning from Life: Biologically Inspired Electronic Design
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: DAC TV
Electronic Design Automation for IC Implementation, Circuit Design, and Process Technology Electroni
Electronic Design Automation for IC Implementation, Circuit Design, and Process Technology Electroni
Published: 2017/05/30
Channel: Sebastian
PCB Electronic Design Automation - KiCad like a PRO
PCB Electronic Design Automation - KiCad like a PRO
Published: 2016/11/02
Channel: Ehacking (Ethical Hacking)
Electronics Design using DesignSpark Mechanical
Electronics Design using DesignSpark Mechanical
Published: 2013/09/13
Channel: DesignSparkRS
Introduction on Electronic Design Automation
Introduction on Electronic Design Automation
Published: 2015/06/06
Channel: RGMCET Nandyal
Electronic Design Automation for Social Networks
Electronic Design Automation for Social Networks
Published: 2010/04/29
Channel: Andrew DeOrio
Electronic Design Automation for IC Implementation, Circuit Design, and Process Technology Electroni
Electronic Design Automation for IC Implementation, Circuit Design, and Process Technology Electroni
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: riris jonnes
Demo of VLSI, Electronic Design Automation, CMOS Digital Integration Circuits
Demo of VLSI, Electronic Design Automation, CMOS Digital Integration Circuits
Published: 2015/08/09
Channel: theway2school
Electronic design automation
Electronic design automation
Published: 2016/01/22
Channel: WikiAudio
The Electronic Design Automation Handbook
The Electronic Design Automation Handbook
Published: 2017/06/15
Channel: rieke aulia
SOLIDWORKS – Design Reuse and Automation
SOLIDWORKS – Design Reuse and Automation
Published: 2013/12/30
Channel: GoEngineer
Creating AMS IC Design project in Symica EDA
Creating AMS IC Design project in Symica EDA
Published: 2015/07/20
Channel: amitaug15
Design Automation in Solid Edge
Design Automation in Solid Edge
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: Siemens PLM
CAD for VLSI Systems ( Design Automation of Electronic Circuits and Systems )
CAD for VLSI Systems ( Design Automation of Electronic Circuits and Systems )
Published: 2012/09/12
Channel: Satish Kashyap
EDA for IC Implementation, Circuit Design, and Process Technology Electronic Design Automation for I
EDA for IC Implementation, Circuit Design, and Process Technology Electronic Design Automation for I
Published: 2017/05/30
Channel: Spencer Beadle
VLSI } 002 } ASIC Design EDA Flow }
VLSI } 002 } ASIC Design EDA Flow }
Published: 2015/09/03
Channel: Leprofesseur }
Agnisys Inc. - Leading Electronic Design Automation (EDA)
Agnisys Inc. - Leading Electronic Design Automation (EDA)
Published: 2016/07/15
Channel: Agnisys, Inc.
Electronic Design Automation Company Visionics
Electronic Design Automation Company Visionics
Published: 2015/04/23
Channel: Visionics Sweden
FOSDEM 2015 - Developer Room - Electronic Design Automation - Eda Pcb
FOSDEM 2015 - Developer Room - Electronic Design Automation - Eda Pcb
Published: 2016/02/06
Channel: Damian Zaremba
KiCad like a Pro: Learn the World’s Favourite Open Source PCB Electronic Design Automation tool
KiCad like a Pro: Learn the World’s Favourite Open Source PCB Electronic Design Automation tool
Published: 2015/10/17
Channel: Tech Explorations
FOSDEM 2015 - Developer Room - Electronic Design Automation - Cad 3D
FOSDEM 2015 - Developer Room - Electronic Design Automation - Cad 3D
Published: 2016/02/06
Channel: Damian Zaremba
EDA for IC System Design, Verification, and Testing Electronic Design Automation for Integrated Circ
EDA for IC System Design, Verification, and Testing Electronic Design Automation for Integrated Circ
Published: 2017/05/30
Channel: Spencer Beadle
Electronic Design Automation Market Segmentation Overview 2016 to 2020
Electronic Design Automation Market Segmentation Overview 2016 to 2020
Published: 2016/09/01
Channel: Neeti Verma
Proteus - Simulation Tool
Proteus - Simulation Tool
Published: 2017/03/04
Channel: Random Rise
FOSDEM 2015 - Developer Room - Electronic Design Automation - Qucs Overview
FOSDEM 2015 - Developer Room - Electronic Design Automation - Qucs Overview
Published: 2016/02/06
Channel: Damian Zaremba
FOSDEM 2015 - Developer Room - Electronic Design Automation - Bambu
FOSDEM 2015 - Developer Room - Electronic Design Automation - Bambu
Published: 2016/02/06
Channel: Damian Zaremba
Gary Smith EDA on the future of Chip Design
Gary Smith EDA on the future of Chip Design
Published: 2010/11/12
Channel: Charbax
Electronic Design Automation for Integrated Circuits Handbook   2 Volume Set Industrial Information
Electronic Design Automation for Integrated Circuits Handbook 2 Volume Set Industrial Information
Published: 2016/05/10
Channel: Aland
EDA for IC Implementation, Circuit Design, and Process Technology Electronic Design Automation for I
EDA for IC Implementation, Circuit Design, and Process Technology Electronic Design Automation for I
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: mutia fatmala
Electronics Design Automation by Prof. Rajesh Mehra on 21st August 2014
Electronics Design Automation by Prof. Rajesh Mehra on 21st August 2014
Published: 2014/08/21
Channel: ETV 1 NITTTRCHD
Electronic Design Automation for Integrated Circuits Handbook, Second Edition   Two Volume Set
Electronic Design Automation for Integrated Circuits Handbook, Second Edition Two Volume Set
Published: 2017/05/30
Channel: Sebastian
FOSDEM 2015 - Developer Room - Electronic Design Automation - Edacore
FOSDEM 2015 - Developer Room - Electronic Design Automation - Edacore
Published: 2016/02/06
Channel: Damian Zaremba
Electronic Design Automation for Integrated Circuits Handbook   2 Volume Set Industrial Information
Electronic Design Automation for Integrated Circuits Handbook 2 Volume Set Industrial Information
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: riris jonnes
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Electronic Design Automation for Integrated Circuits Handbook 2 Volume Set Industrial Information
Published: 2017/05/26
Channel: B Riley
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Electronic design automation (EDA), also referred to as electronic computer-aided design (ECAD),[1] is a category of software tools for designing electronic systems such as integrated circuits and printed circuit boards. The tools work together in a design flow that chip designers use to design and analyze entire semiconductor chips. Since a modern semiconductor chip can have billions of components, EDA tools are essential for their design.

This article describes EDA specifically with respect to integrated circuits.

History[edit]

Early days[edit]

Before EDA, integrated circuits were designed by hand, and manually laid out. Some advanced shops used geometric software to generate the tapes for the Gerber photoplotter, but even those copied digital recordings of mechanically drawn components. The process was fundamentally graphic, with the translation from electronics to graphics done manually. The best known company from this era was Calma, whose GDSII format survives.

By the mid-1970s, developers started to automate the design along with the drafting. The first placement and routing (Place and route) tools were developed. The proceedings of the Design Automation Conference cover much of this era.

The next era began about the time of the publication of "Introduction to VLSI Systems" by Carver Mead and Lynn Conway in 1980. This ground breaking text advocated chip design with programming languages that compiled to silicon. The immediate result was a considerable increase in the complexity of the chips that could be designed, with improved access to design verification tools that used logic simulation. Often the chips were easier to lay out and more likely to function correctly, since their designs could be simulated more thoroughly prior to construction. Although the languages and tools have evolved, this general approach of specifying the desired behavior in a textual programming language and letting the tools derive the detailed physical design remains the basis of digital IC design today.

The earliest EDA tools were produced academically. One of the most famous was the "Berkeley VLSI Tools Tarball", a set of UNIX utilities used to design early VLSI systems. Still widely used are the Espresso heuristic logic minimizer and Magic.

Another crucial development was the formation of MOSIS, a consortium of universities and fabricators that developed an inexpensive way to train student chip designers by producing real integrated circuits. The basic concept was to use reliable, low-cost, relatively low-technology IC processes, and pack a large number of projects per wafer, with just a few copies of each projects' chips. Cooperating fabricators either donated the processed wafers, or sold them at cost, seeing the program as helpful to their own long-term growth.

Birth of commercial EDA[edit]

1981 marks the beginning of EDA as an industry. For many years, the larger electronic companies, such as Hewlett Packard, Tektronix, and Intel, had pursued EDA internally. In 1981, managers and developers spun out of these companies to concentrate on EDA as a business. Daisy Systems, Mentor Graphics, and Valid Logic Systems were all founded around this time, and collectively referred to as DMV. Within a few years there were many companies specializing in EDA, each with a slightly different emphasis. The first trade show for EDA was held at the Design Automation Conference in 1984.

In 1981, the U.S. Department of Defense began funding of VHDL as a hardware description language. In 1986, Verilog, another popular high-level design language, was first introduced as a hardware description language by Gateway Design Automation. Simulators quickly followed these introductions, permitting direct simulation of chip designs: executable specifications. In a few more years, back-ends were developed to perform logic synthesis.

3D PCB layout

Current status[edit]

Current digital flows are extremely modular (see Integrated circuit design, Design closure, and Design flow (EDA)). The front ends produce standardized design descriptions that compile into invocations of "cells,", without regard to the cell technology. Cells implement logic or other electronic functions using a particular integrated circuit technology. Fabricators generally provide libraries of components for their production processes, with simulation models that fit standard simulation tools. Analog EDA tools are far less modular, since many more functions are required, they interact more strongly, and the components are (in general) less ideal.

EDA for electronics has rapidly increased in importance with the continuous scaling of semiconductor technology.[2] Some users are foundry operators, who operate the semiconductor fabrication facilities, or "fabs", and design-service companies who use EDA software to evaluate an incoming design for manufacturing readiness. EDA tools are also used for programming design functionality into FPGAs.

Software focuses[edit]

Design[edit]

  • High-level synthesis (or behavioural synthesis, algorithmic synthesis) – high-level design description (e.g. in C/C++) is converted into RTL.
  • Logic synthesis – translation of RTL design description (e.g. written in Verilog or VHDL) into a discrete netlist of logic gates.
  • Schematic capture – For standard cell digital, analog, RF-like Capture CIS in Orcad by Cadence and ISIS in Proteus
  • Layout – usually schematic-driven layout, like Layout in Orcad by Cadence, ARES in Proteus

Simulation[edit]

  • Transistor simulation – low-level transistor-simulation of a schematic/layout's behavior, accurate at device-level.
  • Logic simulation – digital-simulation of an RTL or gate-netlist's digital (boolean 0/1) behavior, accurate at boolean-level.
  • Behavioral Simulation – high-level simulation of a design's architectural operation, accurate at cycle-level or interface-level.
  • Hardware emulation – Use of special purpose hardware to emulate the logic of a proposed design. Can sometimes be plugged into a system in place of a yet-to-be-built chip; this is called in-circuit emulation.
  • Technology CAD simulate and analyze the underlying process technology. Electrical properties of devices are derived directly from device physics.
  • Electromagnetic field solvers, or just field solvers, solve Maxwell's equations directly for cases of interest in IC and PCB design. They are known for being slower but more accurate than the layout extraction above.[where?]
Schematic capture program

Analysis and verification[edit]

  • Functional verification
  • Clock Domain Crossing Verification (CDC check): Similar to linting, but these checks/tools specialize in detecting and reporting potential issues like data loss, meta-stability due to use of multiple clock domains in the design.
  • Formal verification, also model checking: Attempts to prove, by mathematical methods, that the system has certain desired properties, and that certain undesired effects (such as deadlock) cannot occur.
  • Equivalence checking: algorithmic comparison between a chip's RTL-description and synthesized gate-netlist, to ensure functional equivalence at the logical level.
  • Static timing analysis: Analysis of the timing of a circuit in an input-independent manner, hence finding a worst case over all possible inputs.
  • Physical verification, PV: checking if a design is physically manufacturable, and that the resulting chips will not have any function-preventing physical defects, and will meet original specifications.

Manufacturing preparation[edit]

Functional Safety[edit]

  • Functional Safety Analysis, Systematic computation of failure in time (FIT) rates and diagnostic coverage metrics for designs in order to meet the compliance requirements for the desired safety integrity levels.
  • Functional Safety Synthesis, Add reliability enhancements to structured elements (Modules, RAMs, ROMs, Register Files, FIFOs) to improves fault detection / fault tolerance. These includes (not limited to), Addition of error detection and / or correction codes (Hamming), Redundant logic for fault detection and fault tolerance (duplicate / triplicate) and Protocol checks (Interface parity, address alignment, beat count)
  • Functional Safety Verification,Running of a fault campaign, including insertion of faults into the design and verification that the safety mechanism reacts in an appropriate manner for the faults that are deemed covered.
PCB layout and schematic for connector design

Companies[edit]

Old companies[edit]

Market capitalization and company name as of December, 2011:[3]

Note: EEsof should likely be on this list,[8] but it does not have a market cap as it is the EDA division of Keysight.

Acquisitions[edit]

Many of the EDA companies acquire small companies with software or other technology that can be adapted to their core business.[9] Most of the market leaders are amalgamations of many smaller companies.[10] This trend is helped by the tendency of software companies to design tools as accessories that fit naturally into a larger vendor's suite of programs on digital circuitry, many new tools incorporate analog design, and mixed systems. This is happening because there is now a trend to place entire electronic systems on a single chip.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the EDA Industry". Electronic Design Automation Consortium. Archived from the original on August 2, 2015. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ Lavagno, Martin, and Scheffer (2006). Electronic Design Automation For Integrated Circuits Handbook. Taylor and Francis. ISBN 0849330963. 
  3. ^ Company Comparison - Google Finance. Google.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-10.
  4. ^ Synopsys, Inc.: NASDAQ:SNPS quotes & news - Google Finance. Google.com (2013-05-22). Retrieved on 2013-08-10.
  5. ^ CDNS Key Statistics | Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Stock - Yahoo! Finance. Finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-10.
  6. ^ Dylan McGrath (30 Nov 2011). "Synopsys to buy Magma for $507 million". EETimes. 
  7. ^ "Synopsys to Acquire Magma Design Automation". 
  8. ^ "Agilent EEsof EDA – Part I". 
  9. ^ Kirti Sikri Desai (2006). "EDA Innovation through Merger and Acquisitions". EDA Cafe. Retrieved March 23, 2010. 
  10. ^ List of EDA mergers and acquisitions at SemiWiki.com
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