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ESD Design Rule Checking

Verification of ESD structures and other protection circuits is often a time consuming and tedious task. How do you do it? Complex DRC rules? An assortment of specialized rule decks? Home-brew tools?

Recently a colleague and I published a paper which used one of the Mentor tools (Calibre® PERC) to help with this ESD checking.

If you’re interested, the paper is available on-line here:

New Flow for Automating Verification of ESD Design Rules

Also of interest is the ESDA Symposium in the Los Angeles area (Anaheim to be precise) over the coming week. I’d encourage you to pop in if you can. Last year’s event was our first at the ESDA Symposium, and it was very good. Lots of great papers, interesting views and opinions on ESD, as well as a healthy turnout, all of which led to a successful event. We’re hoping this year will be just as good, if not better. If you do happen to attend, pop in to our booth and say “Hi”. You can also let us know how you liked the Symposium and your thoughts.

Come see us at:
Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA
We are in Booth #: 503

Exhibit Hours:

Mon, August 31         6:00pm – 9:00pm
Tues, September 1    9:00am – 5:00pm
Wed, September 2    9:00am – 12:00pm

If you don’t get to make it ot this event in person to chat about all things ESD, let us know here. What are your concerns? What causes you the most grief? What keeps you up at night?

Have fun!
Until next time,


ESD, PERC, Calibre

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About Matthew Hogan

Matthew HoganMatthew Hogan is a Calibre Marketing Engineer for Mentor Graphics. With over 15 years of design and field experience, he is well-versed in the issues that are imposed on today's aggressive designs. Matthew holds a B.Eng and an MBA. Visit Matthew Hogan's Blog

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