Microfluidics-based biochips, also known as lab-on-a-chip or bio-MEMS, are increasingly popular for DNA analysis, clinical diagnostics, and the detection and manipulation of bio-molecules, because they automate highly repetitive laboratory tasks by replacing cumbersome equipment with miniaturized and integrated systems. They also enable the handling of small amounts of fluids, down to the nanoliter. Thus they are able to provide ultra-sensitive detection at significantly lower costs per assay than traditional methods.
As the use of microfluidics-based biochips increases, their complexity is expected to become significant due to the need for multiple and concurrent assays on the chip, as well as more sophisticated control mechanisms for resource management. Time-to-market and fault tolerance are also expected to emerge as design considerations. As a result, current full-custom design techniques will not scale well for larger designs. There is a need to deliver the same level of CAD support to the biochip designer that the semiconductor industry now takes for granted.
Design Automation Methods and Tools for Microfluidics-Based Biochips deals with
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