2018 International Conference On Computer Aided Design

The Premier Conference Devoted to Technical Innovations in Electronic Design Automation

November 5-9, 2018Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa San Diego, CA

Tue, 2017-08-29 15:54 -- root
Academic research in VLSI design and CAD, especially for advanced technology nodes has been severely limited by the lack of quality process design kit (PDK). Most advanced technology circuit and CAD research employ either SPICE-only predictive technology models or scale 45nm OpenPDK libraries to sub-10 or 7nm node dimensions. These methods omit important effects such as layout-dependent middle-of-line (MOL) parasitics, BEOL parasitics, multiple patterning effects, etc. As a result, even though academics pursue relevant CAD and VLSI research topics, the results and observations are not always reliable. For CAD research, utilizing scaled GDS/LEF layout files from 45nm technology node to sub-14nm dimensions can lead to erroneous conclusions and the researchers might not be even targeting the relevant problems. To bridge this gap, the ASAP7 PDK targeting the 7nm process node was developed in 2016 as a joint collaboration between ARM and Arizona State University. This session will cover the latest development for the ASAP PDK, including ASAP5 targeting the 5nm technology node, standard cell library development using the ASAP7 PDK and a case study exploring 3D-IC research using the ASAP library. The primary goal of this session is to improve the awareness of the ICCAD audience regarding the potential of a ‘realistic’ process design kit for advanced circuit design and CAD research. The three papers will cover all aspects of the PDK, beginning from PDK development; technology assumptions and tool-flows to standard cell library development and design case-studies.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 -
10:15 to 12:15
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