Towards a Mixed-signal SoC Platform

A. Zanikopoulos, J.A. Hegt, A.H.M. Roermund, van

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The designers cannot keep pace with the technology, which provides such massive amount of transistors. Time-to-market pressure and increased design complexity created what it is called a "design gap" [1]. As a solution to that problem the Platform-Based Design (PBD), based on the design-reuse methodology, has been proposed [2], [3]. Furthermore, time-to-market pressure and the masks’ ownership cost drive us to more disciplined design styles. Figure 2 presents the natural evolution of design methodologies through time. Moreover, it is true that in the System-on-Chip (SoC) design the analog part dominates the overall design time, cost and risk. The I/O interfacing by analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters (ADC’s/DAC’s) is a necessary part of every SoC system that has to communicate with the real (analog) world. In this paper we propose the Mixed-signal FPGA (FPMA) platform as a solution to the described above problems. The FPMA platform is an extension of the purely digital FPGA platform with additional analog functions such as ADC’s/DAC’s, anti-alias filters, etc. Specifically, we present the feasibility of an ADC platform, based on the use of identical basic building blocks and we demonstrate several possible ADC architectures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th ProRISC, Annual Workshop on Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing (ProRISC 2004) 25 - 26 November 2004, Veldhoven, the Netherlands
Place of PublicationUtrecht, the Netherlands
PublisherSTW Technology Foundation
ISBN (Print)90-73461-43-X
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Event2004 Annual Workshop on Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing (ProRISC 2004) - Veldhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 25 Nov 200426 Nov 2004


Conference2004 Annual Workshop on Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing (ProRISC 2004)
Abbreviated titleProRISC 2004


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