The 20nm node can offer power, performance and area advantages, but making these gains takes a deep understanding of the interactions between process and design.
Parasitic extraction reveals the impact of implementation on the theoretical performance of IC designs.
Dynamic voltage and frequency scaling is effective for low-power VLSI design. Body or back bias can provide additional control over leakage and performance.
Lint is no longer just about checking RTL code. It already incorporates functional verification within a three-stage analysis. Time to look again at a 'familiar' technology.
Innovation in physical verification is driven by incoming nodes but new tools and features can and should be fed back up the technology chain.
Moving to a finFET process means considering process readiness, cost and yield, as well as the traditional power, performance and area advantages
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