A Common Basis for Mixed-Technology Micro-System Modeling

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An ad hoc working group, organized under the DARPA Composite CAD program, is developing a common set of VHDL-AMS (VHSIC Hardware Description Language for Analog and Mixed Signal) definitions for modeling mixed-technology systems. This common set of definitions will enable VHDL-AMS model interoperability, composition, and exchange. VHDL-AMS promises to provide similar benefits and infrastructure for mixed-signal (electronics) and mixed-technology (mechanical, fluidic, thermal, etc.) system design that VHDL did for the design of digital electronics. The working group is also developing a set of modeling guidelines and VHDL-AMS examples. This paper presents and discusses this joint effort between Industry, Academia, and the Government. The results of this effort will form the basis for standardization within the IEEE Design Automation Standards Committee. A common basis for model interoperability is essential to the successful application of VHDL-AMS to mixed-technology system modeling and design

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: Technical Proceedings of the 1999 International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems
Published: April 19, 1999
Pages: 132 - 135
Industry sector: Sensors, MEMS, Electronics
Topics: Modeling & Simulation of Microsystems
ISBN: 0-9666135-4-6