chapter  12
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Digital and Analog Electronic Design Automation

The field of design automation (DA) technology, also commonly called computer-aided design (CAD) or

computer-aided engineering (CAE), involves developing computer programs to conduct portions of product

design and manufacturing on behalf of the designer. Competitive pressures to produce more efficiently new

generations of products having improved function and performance are motivating the growing importance of

DA. The increasing complexities of microelectronic technology, shown in Figure 12.1, illustrate the importance

of relegating portions of product development to computer automation (Barbe, 1980).