A Framework for Macromodeling and Mixed-Mode Simulation of Circuits/Interconnects and Electromagnetic Radiations

Takayuki WATANABE  Hideki ASAI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E86-A   No.2   pp.252-261
Publication Date: 2003/02/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Analog Circuit Techniques and Related Topics)
analog circuit simulation,  SPICE macromodel,  electromagnetic radiations,  finite-difference time-domain method,  

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This paper presents a framework for modeling and mixed-mode simulation of circuits/interconnects and electromagnetic (EM-) radiations. The proposed framework investigates the signal integrity in VLSI chips, packages and wiring boards at the GHz-band level, and verifies the electromagnetic interference (EMI) and the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of high-speed systems. In our framework, the frequency characteristics of interconnects and EM-radiations are extracted by the full-wave FDTD simulation. The macromodels of interconnects are synthesized as SPICE subcircuits, and the impulse responses of EM-radiations are stored in the database. Once the macromodels are synthesized, the circuit simulation with the consideration of EM-effects can be performed by using SPICE. The EM-field distributions can be also easily calculated by taking convolutions of pre-simulated EM impulse responses and the SPICE results.