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Behavioral Level Simulation Methods for Early Noise Coupling Quantification in Mixed-Signal Systems
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media. (Avdelningen för elektronikkonstruktion, STC)
2005 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this thesis, noise coupling simulation is introduced into the behavioral level. Methods and models for simulating on-chip noise coupling at a behavioral level in a design flow are presented and verified for accuracy and validity. Today, designs of electronic systems are becoming denser and more and more mixed-signal systems such as System-on-Chip (SoC) are being devised. This raises problems when the electronics components start to interfere with each other. Often, digital components disturb analog components, introducing noise into the system causing degradation of the performance or even introducing errors into the functionality of the system. Today, these effects can only be simulated at a very late stage in the design process, causing large design iterations and increased costs if the designers are required to return and make alterations, which may have occurred at a very early stage in the process. This is why the focus of this work is centered on extracting noise coupling simulation models that can be used at a very early design stage such as the behavioral level and then follow the design through the various design stages. To realize this, SystemC is selected as a platform and implementation example for the behavioral level models. SystemC supports design refinement, which means that when designs are being refined and are crossing the design levels, the noise coupling models can also be refined to suit the current design. This new way of thinking in primarily mixed-signal designs is called Behavioral level Noise Coupling (BeNoC) simulation and shows great promise in enabling a reduction in the costs of design iterations due to component cross-talk and simplifies the work for mixed-signal system designers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University , 2005. , p. 41
Series
Mid Sweden University licentiate thesis, ISSN 1652-8948 ; 1
Keywords [en]
Noise Coupling, Behavioral, Simulation Methods
National Category
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-3434Local ID: 3434ISBN: 91-85317-00-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-3434DiVA, id: diva2:28466
Presentation
M102, Holmgatan 10, Sundsvall (English)
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Note
Electronics Design DivisionAvailable from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2008-09-30 Last updated: 2011-02-06Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Behavioral Simulation of Power Line Noise Coupling in Mixed-Signal Systems using SystemC
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2003 (English)In: ISVLSI 2003: IEEE COMPUTER SOCIETY ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON VLSI, PROCEEDINGS - NEW TRENDS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR VLSI SYSTEMS DESIGN, IEEE , 2003, p. 275-277Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents methods for early quantification of digital to analog noise coupling at behavioral level. The methods enable designers to both verify the behavior of their mixed-signal architecture and its sensitivity to noise coupling. The high-level noise coupling simulation models are implemented as extensions to SystemC.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE, 2003
National Category
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-8053 (URN)000181626500054 ()0-7695-1904-0 (ISBN)
Conference
IEEE-Computer-Society Annual Symposium on VLSI, Feb 20-21, 2003, Tampa, FL
Available from: 2009-01-07 Created: 2009-01-07 Last updated: 2011-04-19Bibliographically approved
2. A power-line noise coupling estimation methodology for architectural exploration of mixed-signal systems
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2003 (English)In: Proceedings of the Southwest Symposium on Mixed-Signa Design, IEEE Press, 2003, p. 133-137, article id 1190412Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents methods for early estimation of digital to analog noise coupling over the power distribution network in mixed-signal systems. The methods allow both behavioral verification of mixed-signal architectures and their sensitivity to noise coupling of the power distribution network. The behavioral level noise coupling simulation models are implemented as extensions to the SystemC system design language. To illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed methods, we have estimated the power distribution network noise for a photon-counting X-ray pixel array and compared this with SPICE simulations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE Press, 2003
Keywords
Noise Coupling, Power Distribution Networks, SystemC
National Category
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-1655 (URN)10.1109/SSMSD.2003.1190412 (DOI)000181754900027 ()2-s2.0-84942518357 (Scopus ID)277 (Local ID)0-7803-7778-8 (ISBN)277 (Archive number)277 (OAI)
Conference
Southwest Symposium on Mixed-Signal Design, Feb 23-25, 2003, Las Vegas, NV
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2009-01-07 Last updated: 2016-09-21Bibliographically approved
3. Taking Mixed-Signal Substrate Noise Coupling Simulation to the Behavoral Level using SystemC
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Taking Mixed-Signal Substrate Noise Coupling Simulation to the Behavoral Level using SystemC
2004 (English)In: Proceedings of the International Workshop on System-on-Chip for Real-Time Applications (IWSOC 2004)), 2004Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The paper presents methods and models to simulate substrate noise coupling at the behavioral level. The models are implemented as a part of the SystemC based Behavioral level Noise Coupling (BeNoC) simulation application. The application is designed as a wrapper to SystemC component modules, enabling designers to simulate substrate noise coupling in their modules during the entire circuit refinement process. This is enabled through the two main contributions presented in this paper: (1) methods to connect the behavioral level with low level circuit simulations and (2) generation of a fast and accurate circuit model for substrate coupling simulations. The accuracy of the generated substrate noise coupling model is verified against device simulations. The same verification test case is used to demonstrate the connection between behavioral simulations and circuit simulations.

Keywords
mixed signal, SystemC
National Category
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-2580 (URN)1905 (Local ID)1905 (Archive number)1905 (OAI)
Projects
STC - Sensible Things that Communicate
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2009-01-07 Last updated: 2009-07-29Bibliographically approved
4. Noise injection models for behavioral level noise coupling simulation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Noise injection models for behavioral level noise coupling simulation
(English)Manuscript (Other academic)
National Category
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-8181 (URN)
Note
Submitted for the 7th International workshop on system level interconnect prediction, San Fransisco, CA April 2-3 2005Available from: 2009-01-12 Created: 2009-01-12 Last updated: 2010-01-14Bibliographically approved

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