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 Programme "Cercetare de Excelenta" - CEEX

Research and Development Project

Methodologies and Tools for Electronic Design Automation – nEDA 
Contract 9 CEEX I 03 / 06.10.2005

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    The proposed project is highly inter and multi-disciplinary being associated to the technological platform of nanoelectronics ( The research domain Electronic Design Automation - EDA is of utmost importance for the progress of nanoelectronics and it is based on interdisciplinary areas: "Scientific Computing in Electrical Engineering - SCEE" and "Computational Science and Engineering - CSE". Consequently, these are the areas in which research has to be carried out in order to obtain the desired progress in nanoelectronics. The research methods envisaged are: theory, computer simulation and experiment. The activities are not only related to research, but they also include transfer of knowledge and innovation at the highest level. The proposed project is part of a coherent and complementary series of European projects related to nanoelectronics, which are completed, or already selected to be financed or they are still in competition, at the first or the second stage.

    The proposed research project aims to attract and train young PhD Romanian students in the domain of the development of new EDA tools for nanoelectronics, considering that the other projects allow the financing of foreign researchers that undergo doctoral studies in Romania. Another expected effect is the structuring at national level by means of support actions for the scientific community interested in the development of ED tools, the increase of the competitiveness of the Romanian industry of high-tech software development (EDA) and its access to the technological platform ENIAC and to FP7. Without consistent research, training and transfer of knowledge effort, we cannot imagine how else to achieve this goal. The project will enlarge the EDA reservoir of new models, theories, methods and techniques. Each project in the series has got a specific role, and moreover, the synergy between them adds extra value, for instance by using the experimental results obtained in one project into the other projects or by blending the research with the PhD training. Together with our European partners, the research goal is the development of appropriate mathematical models, numerical schemes and their implementation in a demonstrator software platform, called nEDA, dedicated to complex problems of nanoelectronics. The platform will allow the coupled simulation of semiconductor devices, interconnects, circuits, electromagnetic field and thermal effects, in a conceptual unitary frame. The nEDA platform will allow the comparison between simulation and measurements as well, in order to validate the newly developed methodologies, by using carefully chosen test structures. The results of the studies carried out on the nEDA platform will be a new methodology, validated by experiment, for the automatic extraction of compact models for RFIC functional nano-blocks, valid up to frequencies of 66 GHz. The implementation will be carried out using software tools able to generate SPICE models automatically, starting from the layout description, taking into account effects so far neglected. In this way, the research will contribute to the new generation of nanoelectronics design technologies, which will be robust, effective; it will allow design validation and the decrease of the design time and costs.



    The complex project proposed has scientific, technical, economic and social objectives, all of them in accordance with the objectives of the platform PT5, of the national program CEEX, as well as with the strategies of the European research frame programmes, the national strategy in the domain of the partners involved (see also sections 2, 7 and 8).
    From the scientific point of view, the main objective consists of the development of theories, methods, techniques and all necessary models for the new generation of electronic design automation tools. The interest is especially on tools for the physical validation, signal integrity, extraction of lumped parameters (R, L, C), but also the finite approximation of elements with distributed parameters by electromagnetic modelling and order reduction, as well as optimization tools.


    The duration of the project is:  6th of October 2005 - 6th of July  2008

    Complementary projects



    Coordinator Universitatea  POLITEHNICA din Bucuresti,

    Centrul de Inginerie Electrica Asistata de Calculator (UPB/CIEAC/LMN)

    Partner 1 Universitatea tehnica din Cluj-Napoca (UTCN)
    Partner 2 Institutul National de Cercetare Dezvoltare pentru Fizica Tehnica Iasi (ROFI)
    Partner 3 Societatea Comerciala pentru Cercetare, Proiectare si Productie de Echipamente si Instalatii de Automatizare (IPA-CV)