Automating Analog Layout - Has the time finally come?
TimeThursday, July 14th1:30pm - 3pm PDT
Location3001, Level 3
DescriptionDespite decades of progress in automating digital design, performing layout of analog/mixed-signal (AMS) integrated circuits (ICs) is still almost exclusively a manual tedious task in industry, despite many attempts over the years at automation. Some of the challenges include the complexity of mixed-signal layout and design rules in modern CMOS processes, the high sensitivity of analog circuit performance and functionality to layout parasitics, and perhaps an inherent lack of trust by analog design teams of automation tools. Recently, with new algorithms, analog layout generators, and the use of machine learning in many automation tasks, recent research has renewed the push towards analog layout automation, with the claim that it may now finally be possible. Is this true? On one hand, we have seen new algorithms and machine learning solve many problems previously unsolvable in domains such as natural language processing and computer vision. On the other hand, such probabilistic approaches may not be suitable to many chip design tasks. In this panel, experts from academia and industry spanning the EDA and analog design space will discuss the opportunities, promises, and pitfalls to analog design and layout automation.