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Project: Automated synthesis methodology for reliable RF integrated circuits

Main Objective:
Due to the constant need for connectivity, radio-frequency (RF) circuits will be of upmost importance in applications
developed for the Internet of Things (IoT), the fifth-generation (5G) broadband technology and electronic health (eHealth)
monitoring. However, the design of RF circuits in nanometric technologies for IoT/5G/eHealth applications is becoming
extraordinarily difficult due to the high complexity and demanding performances of such circuits/systems. The need for high
performance, low power, low voltage and low area circuits is immense and traditional design methodologies based on
iterative, mostly manual, processes are unable to meet such challenges. Consequently, current EDA tools are getting out-ofdate
because they were developed to support that kind of traditional methodologies. Also, the short time-to-market
demanded by nowadays IoT/5G/eHealth applications is creating a design gap, thus leading to a productivity decrease in the
deployment of such IoT/5G/eHealth applications. In this framework, the focus of the SYSTEMIC-RF (Automated synthesis
methodology for reliable RF integrated circuits) project is to develop a new design methodology that allows optimizationbased
synthesis approaches of RF circuits, where the circuit sizing and layout are treated in a complete and automated
integrated fashion, in order to achieve fully optimal designs in much shorter times than traditional approaches. Moreover, the
methodology will also take into account circuits' and systems' time-zero and time-dependent variability, and will be integrated
in a state-of-the-art EDA tool in order to ease its usability. This EDA tool will definitely help RF designers to meet the very
demanding specifications of IoT/5G/eHealth applications in a reasonable time.
Reference: 892431
Funding: EU/H2020
EU Funding Discrimination:
Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (H2020-MSCA-IF-2019)
Approval Date: 01-02-2020
Start Date: 01-09-2021
End Date: 31-08-2023
Team: Nuno Cavaco Gomes Horta, Fábio Moreira de Passos
Groups: Integrated Circuits - Lx
Partners: IT
Local Coordinator: Nuno Cavaco Gomes Horta
Associated Publications