This book describes a new design methodology that allows optimization-based synthesis of RF systems in a hierarchical multilevel approach, in which the system is designed in a bottom-up fashion, from the device level up to the (sub)system level. At each level of the design hierarchy, the authors discuss methods that increase the design robustness and increase the accuracy and efficiency of the simulations. The methodology described enables circuit sizing and layout in a complete and automated integrated manner, achieving optimized designs in significantly less time than with traditional approaches.
Fábio Passos received the Ph.D. degree from the Universidad de Sevilla, Seville, Spain, in 2018, while conducting his work in the Instituto de Microelectrónica de Sevilla (IMSE-CNM), Seville, Spain. He has performed research stays is several academic and industrial institutions such as IMEC, Instituto de Telecomunicações, University of Barcelona, and Analog Devices. He is currently a Researcher with the Instituto de Telecomunicações, Lisbon, Portugal. His research interests include the modeling of RF passive devices and automated design methodologies for RF and mm-wave circuits. He was a recipient of several Best Paper Awards, the EDA Competition Award in SMACD 2016, and the Prestigious EDAA Outstanding Dissertation Award, in 2019. Elisenda Roca received the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Barcelona, Spain, in 1995. From November 1990 to April 1995, she worked at IMEC, Leuven, Belgium. Since 1995, she has been with the Instituto de Microelectrónica de Sevilla, (IMSE-CNM-CSIC), Spain, where she holds the position of Tenured Scientist. She has also coauthored more than 150 articles in international journals, books, and conference proceedings. Her research interests are in the field of modeling and design methodologies for analog, mixed-signal, and RF integrated circuits. She has been involved in several research projects with different institutions: the Commission of the EU, ESA, and ONR-NICOP. R. CastroLópez received the "Licenciado en Física Electrónica" degree (M.S. degree on Electronic Physics) and the "Doctor en Ciencias Físicas" (Ph.D. degree) from the University of Seville, Spain, in 1998 and 2005, respectively. Since 1998, he has been working at the Institute of Microelectronics of Seville (CSICIMSECNM) of the Spanish Microelectronics Center, where he now holds the position of Tenured Scientist. His research interests lie in the field of integrated circuits, especially design and computeraided design for analog and mixedsignal circuits. He has participated in several national and international R&D projects and coauthored more than 50 international scientific publications, including journals, conference papers, book chapters and the book Reusebased Methodologies and tools in the Design of Analog and MixedSignal Integrated Circuits (Springer, 2006). Francisco.V. Fernández received the Ph.D. degree in microelectronics from the University of Seville, Spain, in 1992. In 1993, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at KUL, Belgium. From 1995 to 2009, he was an Associate Professor with the Department of Electronics and Electromagnetism, University of Seville, where he was promoted as a Full Professor in 2009. He is also a Researcher with IMSE-CNM. He has authored more than 250 articles in international journals and conferences. His research interests are in the design and design methodologies of analog, mixed-signal and radiofrequency circuits. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Integration, the VLSI Journal (Elsevier) from 2005 to 2015.