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In this paper, we present novel algorithms that effectively combine physical layout and early logic synthesis to improve overall design quality. In addition, we employ partitioning and clustering algorithms to achieve faster turn around times. With the increasing complexity of designs, the traditional separation of logic and physical design leads to sub-optimal results as the cost functions employed during logic synthesis do not accurately represent physical design information. While this problem has been addressed extensively, the existing solutions apply only simple synthesis transforms during physical layout and are generally unable to reverse decisions made during logic minimization and technology mapping, that have a major negative impact on circuit structure. In our novel approach, we propose congestion aware algorithms for layout driven decomposition and technology mapping, two of the steps that affect congestion the most during logic synthesis, to effectively decrease wire length and improve congestion. In addition, to improve design turn-around-time and handle large designs, we present an approach in which synthesis partitioning and placement clustering co-exist, reflecting the different characteristics of logical and physical domain.
Date of Conference: 4-8 Nov. 2001