4/10/2003 - When TelASIC Communications, founded to deliver high-performance and cost-effective silicon to the wireless marketplace, started searching for an extraction tool the design team had two major requirements: the ability to extract inductance parasitics, and a more automated approach to the extraction process.
The company's design flow is based on Cadence's Analog Artist and Spectre RF simulator. What was missing was an extraction technology that could handle resistance, capacitance, and inductance, all the while being coordinated with the IBM SiGe design kits. According to TelASIC CTO, Don Devendorf, it is essential to have RLC extraction when working with SiGe because of the high speeds achieved.
After careful evaluation, Devendorf settled on Sequence Design's Columbus-RF, the only tool that met all of the company's requirements.
Before adopting Columbus-RF, parasitics at TelASIC were painstakingly extracted by hand according to Devendorf. "Designers had to focus on identifying the most sensitive nodes and had to calculate around those nodes. It took a lot of time and was error prone.
"There was no commercial tool capable of dealing with inductance until Sequence came along," Devendorf said. "Columbus-RF been very helpful, providing an excellent correlation to aberrant behavior, and it's allowed us to work on problems we would have been in the dark on in the past . . . we're delighted to have it."
"A highly skilled group like this runs into some pretty thorny design issues," said Will Ruby, Sequence director of product marketing. "The fact that TelASIC has chosen Columbus-RF points out just how much value we, and our customers, place on these tools."
For more information on how TelASIC employed Sequence's Columbus-RF to tackle its inductance challenge, visit: http://www.sequencedesign.com/images/success_stories/Telasic-SuccessStory.pdf
About TelASIC Communications
TelASIC Communications develops high performance, cost-effective RF and analog mixed signal solutions for advanced wireless applications for both the defense electronics and commercial markets. The company's technical team developed this technology and expertise while part of the Advanced Products group within Raytheon Company's Electronic Systems business. The company has offices in El Segundo and Westlake Village, California, and a regional office in the United Kingdom.
Sequence Design, Inc., the SoC Design Closure CompanySM, enables system-on-chip designers to bring higher-performance and lower-power integrated circuits quickly to fabrication. Sequence's power and signal integrity software give its more than 100 customers the competitive advantage they need to excel in aggressive technology markets, despite demanding complexity and time-to-market issues of nanometer design.
Sequence has worldwide development and field service operations. The company was recently named by Reed Electronics as one of the top 50 companies to watch in the electronics industry. Sequence is privately held. Sequence is a member of Cadence Design Systems' Connections and Mentor Graphics' Open Door partnership programs. Additional information is available at sequencedesign.com.
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