The Newsletter of the IEEE Tucson Section January 2003


The Bulletin of Electrical & Electronics Engineers of Tucson



Date: January 28, 2003

Day: Tuesday
Time: 6:00 PM
Speaker: David MacQuigg, Cadence Design Systems
Place: AME S202 at the U of A

The high cost and the unacceptable delay of mask revisions now demand the utmost effort in design to avoid hidden yield problems and to maximize the yield on first silicon. These two related goals are best assured with Monte Carlo analysis and Response Surface Methodology. We will show several circuits with real-life problems, and how they may be analyzed using the Monte Carlo and Circuit Surfer tools in Analog Artist. The Monte Carlo tool is used during the debugging phase to faithfully reproduce the statistical variations that will be seen in production, and to detect any hidden or abrupt changes in circuit performance. Once the bugs are eliminated, and the circuit performance can be modeled by smooth polynomial functions (Response Surfaces), Circuit Surfer can be used to optimize that performance. The speed and accuracy of yield estimates is vastly improved by using response surfaces instead of thousands of circuit simulations

David MacQuigg is the Principal Product Engineer for Analog Artist at Cadence. He has a PhD in Applied Physics from Caltech, and years of experience in industry, academia, and business. Before joining Cadence, he was with National Semiconductor, where he designed the LM4130, a CMOS voltage reference with post-assembly curvature trim (US Patent 6,218,822).

Conferences Coming to Tucson

The 14th International Symposium on Space TeraHertz Technology will be held in Tucson in April. Many THz components, if not all, are microwave components. For information check out (in a pdf file):

Also, the Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS) will be holding a conference entitled "LEOS 2003" October 26-30, 2003 in Tucson. It will be the 16th annual LEOS meeting. For information, email:

Finally, there will be a conference entitled Education and Training in Optics and Photonics (ETOP) co-sponsored by OSA, ICO, and SPIE. For information, point your web browser to:

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Tucson Section Meeting

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

6:00 PM, at the U of A

AME S202

(NE corner of Speedway and Mountain – Parking available east of the building after 5 P.M.)

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