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We present a placement-aware 3-D floorplanning algorithm that considers 3-D-placement of logic gates inside modules for wirelength minimization. It allows designers to introduce and evaluate an assignment of vertically-aligned parts of the same module to different device layers. A set of vertical constraints is derived on sequence pairs of different device layers that reduces the solution space, and a fast packing algorithm with vertical constraints enables quick floorplan evaluation. Experimental results on MCNC and GSRC benchmarks show that our algorithm can generate a good floorplanning solution with reduced wirelength inside modules and optimized footprint area while controlling the number of vias. Compared to the existing state-of-the-art 3-D floorplanning algorithms, our tool reduces the system level total wirelength by 9.8%.
Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:19 , Issue: 9 )
Date of Publication: Sept. 2011