Fast and Robust Design of CMOS VCO for Optimal Performance

Rout, Prakash Kumar (2015) Fast and Robust Design of CMOS VCO for Optimal Performance. PhD thesis.



The exponentially growing design complexity with technological advancement calls for a large scope in the analog and mixed signal integrated circuit design automation. In the automation process, performance optimization under different environmental constraints is of prime importance. The analog integrated circuits design strongly requires addressing multiple competing performance objectives for optimization with ability to find global solutions in a constrained environment. The integrated circuit (IC) performances are significantly affected by the device, interconnect and package parasitics. Inclusion of circuit parasitics in the design phase along with performance optimization has become a bare necessity for faster prototyping. Besides this, the fabrication process variations have a predominant effect on the circuit performance, which is directly linked to the acceptability of manufactured integrated circuit chips. This necessitates a manufacturing process tolerant design. The development of analog IC design methods exploiting the computational intelligence of evolutionary techniques for optimization, integrating the circuit parasitic in the design optimization process in a more meaningful way and developing process fluctuation tolerant optimal design is the central theme of this thesis. Evolutionary computing multi-objective optimization techniques such as Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm-II and Infeasibility Driven Evolutionary Algorithm are used in this thesis for the development of parasitic aware design techniques for analog ICs. The realistic physical and process constraints are integrated in the proposed design technique. A fast design methodology based on one of the efficient optimization technique is developed and an extensive worst case process variation analysis is performed. This work also presents a novel process corner variation aware analog IC design methodology, which would effectively increase the yield of chips in the acceptable performance window. The performance of all the presented techniques is demonstrated through the application to CMOS ring oscillators, current starved and xi differential voltage controlled oscillators, designed in Cadence Virtuoso Analog Design Environment.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Fast and Robust, CMOS, VCO, Optimal Performance
Subjects:Engineering and Technology > Electronics and Communication Engineering > Data Transmission
Divisions: Engineering and Technology > Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
ID Code:6677
Deposited By:Hemanta Biswal
Deposited On:03 Aug 2015 17:16
Last Modified:03 Aug 2015 17:16
Supervisor(s):Acharya, D P and Panda, G

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