Analog Circuit Synthesis Based on Reuse of Topological Features of Prototype Circuits

Hajime SHIBATA  Nobuo FUJII  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E84-A   No.11   pp.2778-2784
Publication Date: 2001/11/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on VLSI Design and CAD Algorithms)
Category: Analog Design
analog circuit synthesis,  design automation,  topological optimization,  genetic algorithm,  

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An automated analog circuit synthesis based on reuse of topological features of 'prototype circuits' is proposed. The prototype circuits are designed by humans and suggested to the synthesis system as hints of configurations of new analog circuits to be synthesized by the system. The connections of elements in analog circuits are not generally systematic, but they would have some similarities to a circuit which has similar behaviors or functionalities. In the proposed process, the information on circuit connections is stored as sub-circuits extracted from the prototype circuits. And then, genetic algorithm is used to search for an optimum combination of the sub-circuits that achieves the desired electronic specifications. The combinations of sub-circuits are performed with a novel technique where the terminals of the sub-circuits are shared. The capabilities of the proposed method are demonstrated through an example of the synthesis.