Computer-aided verification methods have been created as fresh impetus for Industry 4.0 developments. Photograph: IMMS.
Computer-aided verification methods have been created as fresh impetus for Industry 4.0 developments. Photograph: IMMS.


Analog Coverage in Nanoelectronics

Computer-aided verification methods have been developed to accelerate the design of Industry 4.0 applications.

At the basis of all the smart systems which can function as part of the Internet of Things and of all the high performance applications needed in Industry 4.0 lies the technology contained in complex, highly integrated micro-electronic chips. System-on-Chip (SoC) technology comprises numerous elements and functions, both analogue and digital, into the narrowest of space, crowding together sensors, actuators and signal processing.

Any errors in the design of the integrated circuits may impact on turnover to the tune of several hundred million dollars. They can cause costly downtime and, far worse, highly expensive product recall, repair and replacement. In order to keep such risks to a minimum, designers strive to recognise any faults as early as possible in the design process. In the context of Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth Industrial revolution, there is a further imperative: to design yet smarter and thus even more complex systems to meet new demands. Research is focussing on the development of many new system components for the future. How these will interact with current methods can as yet only be tested in experimental setups.

In anticipation, the ANCONA project partners have worked on computer-aided procedures which will provide reliable testing of complex systems even at the design stage and prove their functionality. These procedures are intended to simplify and significantly accelerate the design process for integrated circuits. They will boost innovation potential and give their user a competitive edge.

IMMS has developed various specialised methods at IMMS. On the one hand, they can be used to automatically locate the layout-related effects, evaluate them in terms of their concrete influence and thus identify potential for optimisation. On the other hand, the methods allow the integration and efficient simulation of the interaction of complex system components into system models. In addition, IMMS has created new methods with which the system behavior can be analysed before production even under still unknown operating conditions.

The methods have already been successfully applied in current research and industrial development projects.


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  • Funding

    This work has been funded by the BMBF (Federal German Ministry of Education and Research) in the IKT 2020 programme as part of the ANCONA project (funding reference 16ES021) and has also been supported by industrial partners, Infineon Technologies AG, Robert Bosch GmbH, Intel AG and Mentor Graphics GmbH.