At DAC each year, CEDA (IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation) sponsors a distinguished speaker over Tuesday lunch. This year it was Mark Horowitz talking about Digital-Analog Design. Dr Horowitz is chairman of Stanford Universities Electrical Engineering Department. The focus of his talk was on how analog design tools have not progressed much over the recent decades in the same way that digital design tools have done. The heart of digital design has been the creation of effective models and the ability to compose them. This is much harder in analog. Professor Horowitz outlines the way forward, in particular using more formal techniques to verify analog models and cope with process variation.
The video is here.