Mladen Nizic, Cadence
EETimes (2/14/2011 5:01 PM EST)
Mixed-signal applications are among the fastest growing market segments in the electronics and semiconductor industry. Examination of any recent device--like a smart cell phone, tablet computer, digital camera or 3D TV--reveals very high integration of analog and digital functionality at system, SoC and silicon levels.
Driven by growth opportunities in mobile communication, networking, power management, automotive, medical, imaging, safety and security applications, many silicon vendors are refocusing their business on RF, high-performance analog and mixed-signal designs
Recently, we outlined an EDA360 vision aimed at mobilizing the industry to find a new ways to address the disruptive transformation systems and semiconductor companies are undergoing. In the vision, increasing the efficiency of mixed-signal design is identified as one of the key elements that can boost design productivity and profitability.
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