Optimization Challenges For 10nm And 7nm


Optimization used to be a simple timing against area tradeoff, but not anymore. As we go to each new node the tradeoffs become more complicated, involving additional aspects of the design that used to be dealt with in isolation. Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss these issues with Krishna Balachandran, director of product management for low-power products at [getentity id="22032"... » read more

Raising The IQ Of Your MEMS-Based IC Design Flow


By Nicolas Williams and Qi Jing Internet of Things (IoT) applications depend on smart objects that interact with the real world. So your IoT project is likely to contain ICs that integrate micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), such as accelerometers, pressure sensors, motors, and microphones that acquire data for analysis. These projects are finding their way into automobiles, phones, and... » read more

Ensuring Optimal Performance For Physical Verification


By accessing the most recently qualified version of foundry rule files, users get the most efficient rule implementations. By adopting the most recent version of Calibre, users get the latest improvements in available operations, operation performance, data hierarchy optimization and total scaling, providing the best possible performance and minimizing runtimes. Design teams running full-chip D... » read more

Balancing On The Color Density Tightrope


Balancing on wobbly tightropes is something that chip designers get pretty good at. For instance, there is a fine balance between optimizing performance and minimizing leakage in a design layout. Dealing with the new requirements that multi-patterning (MP) introduces into a design flow creates many new tightropes to walk. I tiptoed out on one of the rarely talked about ones in my last articleâ€... » read more

Verifying Your Intent


By Ann Steffora Mutschler Design rule checking (DRC), layout versus schematic (LVS) and electrical rule checking (ERC) are physical verification techniques that are mandatory today to check a design and its structures before manufacturing. Checking electrical characteristics of a design is one thing. Verifying power intent is quite another. And the overlap of the two is an intriguing con... » read more