Semiconductor designers are now in the business of system design and significant productivity improvements can only be reached through an additional investment upstream in architectural understanding. Chip layout strategies shall now result from such upstream decisions implying new developments in:
- precharacterized cells used at the breadboard level,
- functional simulation using custom CAD tools.
Applications of parts of this thinking to a digital integrated circuit for a Telematics Controller of the 6805 family and to a Codec + Filter analog chip are presented…