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Visit Us At Hall B6 Booth 368 Ultra-Miniature - High Reliability Quartz Crystals, Oscillators and Sensors • Highest shock capability in the industry • Military temperature range and beyond • Ultra-low power consumption • High stability and precision • Excellent long term aging EXTREME Fig. 2: Example current mirror circuit. Medical cal stress phenomena, including ‘shallow trench isolation’ or Military and ‘length of diffusion’ effects. These come into play at 130nm and Industrial below, and influence device threshold and mobility, resulting Applications in large potential errors in structures such as current mirrors, INNOVATION which require matching transistors. Reducing the design cycle The overall result is improved layout productivity and reduced design cycle times, at a level of quality matching that of experi- enced layout engineers. An example is a classic current mirror High Reliability circuit, shown in figure 2. An experienced layout engineer would Crystals and be expected to spend only a short time to create this structure: however, a poll of such engineers reveals dramatic variations Oscillators in estimated time to completion, ranging from two hours to two days, with an average time of approximately five hours. The initial design time is therefore unpredictable and the • Expert technical support complexity of the design means that each engineer would go • Designed and manufactured in the USA about it in a slightly different way, introducing potential inconsis- tencies in results. CX16 24 MHz to 50 MHzCrystalCX16A This same complexity also introduces the possibility of a 2.0 x 1.2 x 0.4 mm straightforward error that would be extremely time-consuming CX11A 16 MHz to 250 MHz to spot later in the design cycle. In the worst case, the design CX11L Crystal might be LVS- (layout v schematic) and DRC-clean, but have a 3.2 x 1.5 x 0.6 mm mismatch: the kind of error that does not show up until silicon is CXOX_A back from the foundry. CXOX/HG/HT 32.768 kHz to 160 MHzOscillator A tool such as HiPer DevGen, under control of a layout engi- 3.2 x 2.5 mm neer, can instantly create such a structure. The layout engineer CXOMK 32.768 kHz to 200 MHz then manually floorplans the circuit and completes the intercon- CXOMK/HG/HT Oscillator nect. Each device or structure is identically designed and will 6.5 x 5.0 mm meet all requirements of the technology, LVS- and DRC-clean High-Shock • High-Temperature • High-Precision and with guaranteed matching. Military and Avionics | Industrial | Medical Making a difference Given its subtlety and lack of hard rules, analogue and mixed- signal designers are unlikely to gain the level of automation MEETING THE EXTREME available to their digital counterparts. But by focusing on DEMANDS OF RAPIDLY the parts of the flow where they can have most impact, EDA EVOLVING TECHNOLOGY vendors are now beginning to address the requirements of this space, bringing benefits of consistent quality, predictable ISO 9001:2008 time-to-results and more natural accommodation of advances in process geometries. The advanced capabilities of tools such STATEK CORPORATION www.statek.com as HiPer DevGen can significantly help designers avoid those 512 N. Main St., Orange, CA 92868 costly silicon re-spins and meet increasingly aggressive time-to- Tel. 714-639-7810 Fax 714-997-1256 market demands. STATEC_GenerelAd_EPN_ThirdPage_0812_R6.indd 1 9/9/12 8:53 AM www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe October 2012 45


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