The 2011 Nanometer Circuit Verification Forum will take place on September 22, 2011 in Santa Clara, California. The nanometer forum will present successful approaches to verifying analog, mixed-signal, and RF circuits implemented in 90nm to 28nm silicon. The all-day event is free, but registration is required. The Nanometer Circuit Verification Forum is hosted by Berkeley Design Automation. Other EDA companies supporting the event include Accelicon Technologies, Ciranova, Invarian, MunEDA, and Solido Design Automation.
Analog Devices is offering a webinar (Powering Your Circuit) next week. The one hour webcast will take place Wednesday, July 13th, at 2:00 pm EDT. The online seminar will focus on power supply design. The ADI webcast is intended for both engineers new to the field, and experienced engineers looking for a refresher course on power system design and component selection.
Analog Devices is offering a webinar titled, Fundamentals of Designing with Semiconductors for Signal Processing Applications: The Op Amp. The webcast will explain the different types of operational amplifiers, their basic function and describe how engineers can select the right op amp for their circuit design. The 60-minute online event will take place tomorrow (February 9, 2011) at 12:00 PM EST.
HP Labs researchers have discovered that the memristor is capable of performing logic functions. As a result, it may be possible in the future to have computations performed in chips where data is stored instead of on a specialized central processing unit. A memristor is a resistor with memory that represents the fourth basic circuit element in electrical engineering.
AgO introduced AnXplorer, which is a circuit optimization tool for analog and RF design. Its optimization is based on either simulation or equations. The tool works with industry standard SPICE netlists and supports industry standard simulators including Synopsys HSPICE, Cadence Spectre and Legend Design Technology MSIM. It runs on the Linux operating system. Starting with an unsized SPICE netlist, variables for device dimensions and a set of design objectives and constraints, AnXplorer optimizes device sizes by exploring the design space.
Holst Centre, imec, and TNO teamed on a dual-gate-based organic RFID chip with record data rate and lowest reported operating voltage. The advantages of dual gate transistors in circuit speed and robustness have been used in a complex organic-electronic circuit. Further and ongoing work will demonstrate the viability of the technology towards industrial uptake.
Imec and TNO showcased the first organic transponder circuit with a bit rate of 50 kbits/s. The bit rate approaches the requirements for the Electronic Product Coding (EPC) standards. The Electronic Product Code has been developed for wireless identification in high-volume logistics applications like retail. It is widely used already today e.g. on pallet level logistics. The next step is to use EPC tags on package level and on a longer term target on individual items (“item-level tagging”). Organic electronic technology is a candidate for high-volume and low-cost manufacturing of simple electronic circuits.