Bayesian model fusion: Large-scale performance modeling of analog and mixed-signal circuits by reusing early-stage data

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Efficient performance modeling of today's analog and mixed-signal circuits is an important yet challenging task, due to the high-dimensional variation space and expensive circuit simulation. In this paper, we propose a novel performance modeling algorithm that is referred to as Bayesian model fusion (BMF) to address this challenge. The key idea of BMF is to borrow the information collected from an early stage (e.g., schematic level) to facilitate efficient performance modeling at a late stage (e.g., post layout). Such a goal is achieved by statistically modeling the performance correlation between early and late stages through Bayesian inference. Furthermore, to make the proposed BMF method of practical utility, four implementation issues, including: 1) prior mapping; 2) missing prior knowledge; 3) fast solver; and 4) prior and hyper-parameter selection, are carefully considered in this paper. Two circuit examples designed in a commercial 32 nm CMOS silicon on insulator process demonstrate that the proposed BMF method achieves up to $9\times $ runtime speed-up over the traditional modeling technique without surrendering any accuracy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wang, F; Cachecho, P; Zhang, W; Sun, S; Li, X; Kanj, R; Gu, C

Published Date

  • August 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 1255 - 1268

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0278-0070

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/TCAD.2015.2504329

Citation Source

  • Scopus