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Non-Linear Statistical Static Timing Analysis for Non-Gaussian Variation Sources

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3 Author(s)
Lerong Cheng ; Univ. of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles ; Jinjun Xiong ; Lei He

Existing statistical static timing analysis (SSTA) techniques suffer from limited modeling capability by using a linear delay model with Gaussian distribution, or have scalability problems due to expensive operations involved to handle non-Gaussian variation sources or non-linear delays. To overcome these limitations, we propose a novel SSTA technique to handle both nonlinear delay dependency and non- Gaussian variation sources simultaneously. We develop efficient algorithms to perform all statistical atomic operations (such as max and add) efficiently via either closed- form formulas or one-dimensional lookup tables. The resulting timing quantity provably preserves the correlation with variation sources to the third-order. We prove that the complexity of our algorithm is linear in both variation sources and circuit sizes, hence our algorithm scales well for large designs. Compared to Monte Carlo simulation for non-Gaussian variation sources and nonlinear delay models, our approach predicts all timing characteristics of circuit delay with less than 2% error.

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Design Automation Conference, 2007. DAC '07. 44th ACM/IEEE

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4-8 June 2007