IC Implementation

October 18, 2014
Soft-blocked floorplan

Placement optimizations push power and clock on Cortex-M7 project

Soft blocking to prevent cell spreading and other placement-optimization techniques helped improve power and clock speed on a Cortex-M7 test chip designed by ARM and Cadence.
October 6, 2014
Power grid signal track blocking

ARM, TSMC design explores 16nm finFET issues

ARM and TSMC used an extensive pre-planning process, including a static analysis of each module's overall logic structure, to put together a 2.3GHz processor design based around ARM's main 64bit Big.Little pairing for the foundry's 16nm finFET process.
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September 18, 2014
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Using optimized design flows to meet PPA goals for SoC processor cores

How tuning a design flow can help optimize SoC processor cores for power, performance and area - and make it possible to do different optimisations for different cores on the same SoC.
September 2, 2014
Intel's trigate is among the structures to be modeled by the revised BSIM4

Design enablement and entitlement for 14/16nm finFET processes

How EDA tools are evolving to make it possible to design with finFET processes.
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August 29, 2014
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Exploiting Verific tools and features at the right abstraction level

EDA vendors and internal CAD teams use Verific parsers for tool development. Here's how one company developed its strategy for this popular technology.
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August 27, 2014
Prasad Saggurti is the product marketing manager for embedded memory IP at Synopsys.

Six key criteria for deciding to migrate to a finFET process

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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August 7, 2014
Hitendra Divecha is senior product marketing manager at Cadence Design Systems

Dealing with parasitic-extraction challenges in finFETs and advanced nodes

FinFET and 3DIC technologies bring with them not just higher performance but an increased need for accurate parasitic analysis.
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July 25, 2014
Steven Cline is a senior design automation Manager at Altera’s Austin Technology Center, focusing on design-flow automation for traditionally placed and routed blocks and custom FPGA IP used on Altera’s advanced FPGA products.

Using standardized design flows to cut time to tape-out – and speed design-flow evolution

Altera uses standardized design flows to help integrate Intel foundry rules, cut time to tape-out - and speed the evolution of its design flows.
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July 23, 2014

20nm

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.
July 13, 2014
ST/CEA-Leti 'Frisbee' wide-voltage DSP

DVFS and body bias

Dynamic voltage and frequency scaling is effective for low-power VLSI design. Body or back bias can provide additional control over leakage and performance.
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