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# Data-driven Compact Models for Circuit Design and Analysis

*Proceedings of The First Mathematical and Scientific Machine Learning Conference*, PMLR 107:555-569, 2020.

#### Abstract

Compact semiconductor device models are essential for efficiently designing and analyzing large circuits. However, traditional compact model development requires a large amount of manual effort and can span many years. Moreover, inclusion of new physics (\eg{}, radiation effects) into an existing model is not trivial and may require redevelopment from scratch. Machine Learning (ML) techniques have the potential to automate and significantly speed up the development of compact models. In addition, ML provides a range of modeling options that can be used to develop hierarchies of compact models tailored to specific circuit design stages. In this paper, we explore three such options: (1) table-based interpolation, (2) Generalized Moving Least-Squares, and (3) feed-forward Deep Neural Networks, to develop compact models for a p-n junction diode. We evaluate the performance of these “data-driven” compact models by (1) comparing their voltage-current characteristics against laboratory data, and (2) building a bridge rectifier circuit using these devices, predicting the circuit’s behavior using SPICE-like circuit simulations, and then comparing these predictions against laboratory measurements of the same circuit.