Extraction of passive device model parameters using genetic algorithms


Journal Article

The extraction of model parameters for embedded passive components is crucial for designing and characterizing the performance of multichip module (MCM) substrates. In this paper, a method for optimizing the extraction of these parameters using genetic algorithms is presented. The results of this method are compared with optimization using the Levenberg-Marquardt (LM) algorithm used in the HSPICE circuit modeling tool. A set of integrated resistor structures are fabricated, and their scattering parameters are measured for a range of frequencies from 45 MHz to 5 GHz. Optimal equivalent circuit models for these structures are derived from the s-parameter measurements using each algorithm. Predicted s-parameters for the optimized equivalent circuit are then obtained from HSPICE. The difference between the measured and predicted s-parameters in the frequency range of interest is used as a measure of the accuracy of the two optimization algorithms. It is determined that the LM method is extremely dependent upon the initial starting point of the parameter search and is thus prone to become trapped in local minima. This drawback is alleviated and the accuracy of the parameter values obtained is improved using genetic algorithms.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Yun, I; Carastro, LA; Poddar, R; Brooke, MA; May, GS; Hyun, KS; Pyun, KE

Published Date

  • January 1, 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 38 - 46

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1225-6463

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4218/etrij.00.0100.0105

Citation Source

  • Scopus