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Exploring Design Tradeoffs in Analog IC Placement with Current-Flow & Current-Density Considerations

Martins, R. M. ; Póvoa , R. ; Lourenço, N. ; Horta, N.

Exploring Design Tradeoffs in Analog IC Placement with Current-Flow & Current-Density Considerations, Proc International Conf. on Synthesis, Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Methods and Applications to Circuit Design - SMACD, Istanbul, Turkey, Vol. n/a, pp. n/a - n/a, September, 2015.

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Abstract
In this paper, the concept of hierarchical multiobjective
optimization (MOO) is applied to analog integrated
circuit (IC) placement automation, where current-flow and
current-density considerations are taken to improve the
reliability and, reduce the routing-induced parasitics of the
circuit post-layout. The current-flow constraints are satisfied by
forcing a monotonic routing directly in an absolute placement
representation, while the impact of current-intensive
interconnects is mitigated with the electromigration (EM)-aware
optimization of the wiring topology (WT) for all nets of the
circuit. The problem’s complexity is reduced using the hierarchy
in the circuit’s partitions, combining, bottom-up, Pareto optimal
fronts (POFs) of placements that explore the tradeoffs between
the design objectives. The approach is demonstrated with postlayout
results in an analog circuit structure for the UMC 130nm
design process.