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While we focus much of our engineering activity on advancing the state of the art in digital design, those digital wonders must still interface to what is still an analog world, via sensors and actuators driven by analog and mixed-signal circuitry. For many designers, this crossover point between digital and analog is a no-man’s land laden with uncertainty and design ‘gotchas’ that can quickly enmesh an otherwise competent team.

In the Fundamentals of Mixed-Signal SoC Development, Brian Bailey carries designers safely through this crossover point, starting with an explanation of why digital and analog are so different, what each design flow looks like, what a mixed-signal flow looks like and how to implement one. Along the way, Bailey will deal with languages, abstractions, verification, silicon implementation, and analysis. He will conclude with a look at a practical example of a modern tool suite using Cadence’s Virtuoso tools.