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GLSVLSI 2002
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Fast and accurate wire delay estimation for physical synthesis of large ASICs

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Abstract

Interconnect delays represent an increasingly dominant portion of overall circuit delays. During timing-driven physical synthesis process, timing analysis is repeatedly performed over several hundred thousand components. Thus, fast and accurate estimation of interconnect delays is crucial. Traditionally, lumped and elmore delay models have been widely used for computing interconnect delays in physical synthesis due to their computational efficiency. However, these delay models are known to be inaccurate since they ignore slew and resistive shielding effects. In this paper, we propose a new iterative refinement based delay estimation approach that considers resistive shielding along with driver slew. Experimental results show that the proposed approach gives not only highly accurate results for far end RC-line delays but also compares very favorably to more difficult to match source end delays and source slews. In addition, use of the proposed delay model in physical synthesis yields significant performance improvement on several large industrial ASICs.

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18 Apr 2002

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GLSVLSI 2002

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