The Problem: AMS Verification - University of California, Berkeley

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ABCD: “Booleanizing” Analog
Systems for Verifying Chips
Aadithya V. Karthik,
Sayak Ray, Pierluigi Nuzzo, Alan Mishchenko,
Robert Brayton, and Jaijeet Roychowdhury
EECS Dept., The University of California, Berkeley
Feb 2014, BEARS, Berkeley
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The Problem: Verifying a Chip
Specification
Chip designers
Chip
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The Problem: AMS Verification
Example: SERDES
CDR
PLL
Analog
parts
I/O
Surrounded by
Digital Logic
 Want to verify complete system
>1V
o e.g., eye opening height > 1V?
 Proof or counter-example needed
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Our approach: “Booleanize” the analog parts
AnalogBoolean
models + Digital models
ABCD:
(don't mix)
approximation
ALL
Continuous
Boolean
BOOLEAN
Best verification tools = all Boolean, no continuous
Challenge:
SAR-ADC
Boolean T/H
approximation
Analog components
Boolean
comparator
approximation
Boolean DAC
approximation
Digital components
Verification tools accept
Fast
Formal verification, high-speed simulation, test pattern generation, ...
… for the full combined system!
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ABCD in action
Analog Circuit
ABCD
Purely Boolean
Model
Example: Channel + Equalizer
Bit Sequence
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Circuits Successfully Booleanized
Delay line
Charge pump
Power grid
Equalizer
I/O signaling system
SAR-ADC
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