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Architecting ASIC libraries and flows in nanometer era

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4 Author(s)
Bittlestone, C. ; Texas Instruments Inc., Dallas, TX, USA ; Hill, A. ; Singhal, V. ; Arvind, N.V.

This paper is in response to the question 'ASIC Design the nm era - dead or alive' from an ASIC library architecture and library flow point of view. The authors believe it is certainly significantly harder to design in the nm era but ASIC design is not dead. ASIC Design is much more challenging in the nanometer era. This paper will present some of the main effects that have become significant in terms of library architecture and library creation flow. Some full chip level effects will be discussed. Example solutions to some of these dramatic trends will also be presented. This is presented in a 'stories from the trenches' format - from the team that architects and delivers TI ASIC libraries. The majority of the data presented comes from development of TI ASIC 130, 90 and 65nm libraries.

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Design Automation Conference, 2003. Proceedings

Date of Conference:

2-6 June 2003