VSD - Library characterization and modelling - Part 1
What you'll learn
- Understand timing, noise and power libraries syntax and semantics
- Develop models for logic gates and macros
- Use the above generated models and do STA
- Full knowledge on circuit design and SPICE simulations
- Full knowledge on custom layout
- Nice to have knowledge on Physical design, Static timing analysis, Noise & Crosstalk and Clock tree synthesis
- You can refer to my existing courses or any other external material, but knowledge about above all is a must
If you are STA engineer or PNR engineer or CTS engineer or, in general, a physical designer or Synthesis engineer, you must have definitely come across the word 'Library'. This course explains you, in detail, what it exactly means.
You can call Library as the soul and heart of Semiconductor industries. Without them, you can't have single chip out. Without the knowledge of Libraries, all other courses are incomplete.
Guess what, you are at the right page. This course gives a comprehensive overview of characterization techniques and advanced modelling of circuits for modern and advanced nodes.
Not only that, you will see what goes behind designing a simple single input inverter. The gates like inverter, buffer, AND, OR are all called as cell, and you will be amazed to see how are the represented in real IC design.
This course is designed in collaboration with leading characterization company Paripath, who have designed the state-of-the-art characterization software called GUNA
I would like to Thank complete Paripath team for helping me in designing experiments for this course. This course is motivated by desire to fill gap on characterization and modelling
Liberty is a registered trademark of Synopsys Inc.
Verilog is a registered trademark of Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
SDF and SPEF are trademarks of Open Verilog International
Get in right now and have an unforgettable journey of your life...
Who this course is for:
- Research professionals
- Graduate students
- Circuit and PDK designers
- Characterization engineers
- CAD developers
- Managers, Mentors and the merely curious
Tips on order in which you need to learn VLSI and become a CHAMPION:
If I would had been you, I would had started with Physical Design and Physical design webinar course where I understand the entire flow first, then would have moved to CTS-1 and CTS-2 to look into details of how the clock is been built.
Then, as you all know how crosstalk impacts functioning at lower nodes, I would gone for Signal Integrity course to understand impacts of scaling and fix them. Once I do that, I would want to know how to analyze performance of my design and I would have gone for STA-1, STA-2 and Timing ECO webinar courses, respectively
Once you STA, there’s an internal curiosity which rises, and wants us to understand, what goes inside timing analysis at transistor level. To full-fill that, I would had taken Circuit design and SPICE simulations Part 1 and Part 2 courses.
And finally, to understand pre-placed cells, IP’s and STA in even more detail, I would have taken custom layout course and Library Characterization course
All of above needs to be implemented using a CAD tool and needs to be done faster, for which I would have written TCL or perl scripts. So for that, I would start to learn TCL-Part1 and TCL-Part2 courses, at very beginning or in middle
Finally, if I want to learn RTL and synthesis, from specifications to layout, RISC-V ISA course will teach the best way to define specs for a complex system like microprocessor
Connect with me for more guidance !!
Hope you enjoy the session best of luck for future
Kunal Ghosh is the Director and co-founder of VLSI System Design (VSD) Corp. Pvt. Ltd. Prior to launching VSD in 2017, Kunal held several technical leadership positions at Qualcomm's Test-chip business unit. He joined Qualcomm in 2010. He led the Physical design and STA flow development of 28nm, 16nm test-chips. At 2013, he joined Cadence as Lead Sales Application engineer for Tempus STA tool. Kunal holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India and specialized in VLSI Design & Nanotechnology.
Hands on with Technology @
1) MSM (mobile station mode chips) - MSM chips are used for CDMA modulation/demodulation. It consists of DSP’s and microprocessors for running applications such as web-browsing, video conferencing, multimedia services, etc.
2) Memory test chips - Memory test chips are used to validate functionality of 28nm custom/compiler memory as well as characterize their timing, power and yield.
3) DDR-PHY test chips - DDR-PHY test chips are basically tested for high speed data transfer
4) Timing and physical design Flow development for 130nm MOSFET technology node till 16nm FinFET technology node.
5) “IR aware STA” and “Low power STA”
6) Analyzed STA engine behavior for design size up to 850 million instance count ACADEMIC
1) Research Assistant to Prof. Richard Pinto and Prof. Anil Kottantharayil on “Sub-100nm optimization using Electron Beam Lithography”, which intended to optimize RAITH-150TWO Electron Beam Lithography tool and the process conditions to attain minimum resolution, use the mix-and-match capabilities of the tool for sub-100nm MOSFET fabrication and generate mask plates for feature sizes above 500nm.
2) Research Assistant to with Prof. Madhav Desai, to characterize RTL, generated from C-to-RTL AHIR compiler, in terms of power, performance and area. This was done by passing RTL, generated from AHIR compiler, through standard ASIC tool chain like synthesis and place & route. The resulting netlist out of PNR was characterized using standard software
1) “A C-to-RTL Flow as an Energy Efficient Alternative to Embedded Processors in Digital Systems” submitted in the conference “13th Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design, Architectures, Methods and Tools, DSD 2010, 1-3 September 2010, Lille, France”
2) Concurrent + Distributed MMMC STA for 'N' views
3) Signoff Timing and Leakage Optimization On 18M Instance Count Design With 8000 Clocks and Replicated Modules Using Master Clone Methodology With EDI Cockpit
4) Placement-aware ECO Methodology - No Slacking on Slack