High Speed Digital Design Benefits from Recent EDA Tool Developments

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  • Author: Gary Breed
Simulation and analysis of RF and microwave circuits using advanced EDA tools has become a well established engineering practice. However, high speed digital circuits have not followed the same path, despite the fact that they involve the same frequency ranges and share common design requirements such as packaging, transmission lines and crosstalk. With more “radio” circuits being implemented digitally, and with continued increase in clock rates of digital circuits, the realms of RF and digital are now more closely tied than ever before. Those essential EDA tools are also improving how they work with both technologies. And that’s what this tutorial note is about, so here are some notes on various software packages.