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Reliable DRC Voltage Text Annotation Means Faster And More Accurate DRC Verification


As the potential for complex interactions between voltage domains grows significantly with the increase in design density at each new process node, the complexity of spacing checks in design rule checking (DRC) also increases. To minimize these types of risk, many simple spacing checks have evolved to become voltage-aware DRC (VA-DRC) checks that incorporate voltage values to determine the requ... » read more

Automated DRC Voltage Annotation Provides Faster And More Accurate Verification For Voltage-Aware Spacing Rules


Accurate and repeatable reliability verification is now essential for both advanced node designs and the increasingly complex products being produced at established nodes. To ensure compliance with all process, reliability, and power management requirements, voltage-aware DRC applies variable spacing requirements, based on either the absolute voltage or delta voltage values, to accurately evalu... » read more

Challenges With Stacking Memory On Logic


Experts at the Table: Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss the changes in design tools and methodologies needed for 3D-ICs, with Sooyong Kim, director and product specialist for 3D-IC at Ansys; Kenneth Larsen, product marketing director at Synopsys; Tony Mastroianni, advanced packaging solutions director at Siemens EDA; and Vinay Patwardhan, product management group director at Cadence... » read more

Batch Filters: A Better, Faster Way To Filter Large DRC Results Databases


Reviewing massive DRC results databases (RDBs) can be a time-consuming stage in traditional debug flows, due primarily to the loading, filtering, and display times associated with these large datasets. Finding the most effective approach to filtering results data is important to optimize both results debug time and resource usage. While smaller databases that load quickly in GUI applications ca... » read more

Microchip Sees Significant Productivity Gains In Mature-Node Custom IC Design With In-Design Signoff DRC


Microsemi pioneered the design of innovative chips that are used for multiple purposes across a variety of industries, using both mature and advanced process nodes. In mature node custom design implementation, layout designers still spend a significant amount of their valuable time fixing DRC errors—time that could be more beneficially spent ensuring their designs meet their PPA goals. By rep... » read more

In-Design Signoff DRC For Productivity Improvement


Microsemi, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microchip Technology, produces a portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense and security, aerospace, and industrial markets. In addition to high-performance and radiation-hardened analog/mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs, they also design power management products, timing and synchronization devices, ... » read more

Optimize Physical Verification Cost Of Ownership


As semiconductor designs continue to grow in size and complexity, they put increasing pressure on every stage of the design process. Physical verification, often on the critical path to tape-out, is especially affected. Design rule checking (DRC), layout versus schematic (LVS), and other physical verification runs take longer as chip size increases. In addition, finer geometries introduce new c... » read more

Tape Out On Time With Demand Signoff DRC In P&R


Physical characteristics of devices have become progressively more complex even as design companies pack more devices on each die. Combining these characteristics with ever more demanding chip power, performance, and area (PPA) goals not only result in increased resource utilization but also challenge existing tools/flows/techniques. Adding on-demand signoff-quality DRC verification inside P&R ... » read more

Signoff DRC In P&R Lets You Get Better Products To Market Faster


Trust is generally a reflection of quality. You trust someone, be it an individual or a company, because they have, over time, consistently performed high-quality work. You trust a product because your past experience with that product has been positive, or the experiences of lots of other people have been positive. With that said, quality comes in shades and percentages. Most of us will happil... » read more

MaxLinear And Calibre RealTime Digital


MaxLinear implemented the Calibre RealTime Digital interface for fast, iterative, signoff DRC checking and fixing during floorplanning and placement. They not only reduce the total of batch DRC iterations, but also eliminate potential late-stage issues during final physical verification signoff that are exponentially harder to fix. Adopting the Calibre RealTime Digital interface enabled MaxLine... » read more

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