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Techniques for calculating currents and voltages in VLSI power supply networks

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2 Author(s)
Stark, D. ; Comput. Syst. Lab., Stanford Univ., CA, USA ; Horowitz, M.

Analysis of power distribution in VLSI circuits requires the solution of a large network of resistors and current sources. Fortunately, these resistor networks have certain characteristic properties that permit partitioning into smaller, easier to solve sections. The authors present a set of techniques that can be used to identify and quickly solve three characteristic network configurations: trees, simple loops, and series resistors with interspersed current sources. Methods for efficiently solving other sections of the network are also explored. System performance of several designs is reported

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Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 2 )