The Growing Uncertainty Of Sign-Off At 7/5nm


Having enough confidence in designs to sign off prior to manufacturing is becoming far more difficult at 7/5nm. It is taking longer due to increasing transistor density, thinner gate oxides, and many more power-related operations that can disrupt signal integrity and impact reliability.  For many years, designers have performed design rule checks as part of physical verification of the desi... » read more

IC Validator Programmable EERC Netlist Domain Checking Technology


Traditional visual inspection or manual checking for electrical rule compliance is both time consuming and error prone. A new, comprehensive reliability solution is needed to reduce time to market, improve reliability and ensure longer device operation. This paper introduces IC Validator programmable Extended Electrical Rule Checking (EERC) and categorizes electrical rule checking (ERC) into th... » read more

Verifying Your Intent


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 concept. Case in point: Checking fo... » read more