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Mixed Emotions

Analysts predict that by the year 2005, more than 70% of new system on a chip (soc) designs will have mixed signal content.

To successfully meet this growing demand for integrated mixed signal functionality on complex asics, semiconductor companies must address topics ranging from the process technology definition, to tightly coupled tools and methodology for both asic and mixed signal core development.

Growing demands for higher levels of integration onto increasingly complex asics have been driving the development of mixed signal capabilities compatible with soc in recent years. This combination of soc and mixed signal functions presents a unique challenge to semiconductor manufacturers, affecting areas of chip manufacturing ranging from asic methodology, tools and verification flows, to process technology definition and modeling, system solution partitioning, analogue design capabilities and methodologies.

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