VSD Intern - OpenRAM configuration for 4kB SRAM using Sky130
What you'll learn
- Configure open-source memory compiler OpenRAM for any memory size
- SRAM custom cell design
- Memory GDS/Lib/Lef file types
- VSD - Custom Layout course on Udemy
- VSD - Circuit design and SPICE simulation course on Udemy
- VSD - Library characterization course on Udemy
This webinar aims at design of 1024x32 SRAM cell array (32Kbits or 4KB) with a configuration of 1.8 V operating voltage and access time less than 2.5ns using Google SkyWater SKY130 PDKs and OpenRAM memory compiler.
Static Random-Access Memory (SRAM) has become a standard element of any Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), System-On-Chip (SoC), or other micro-architectures. For this wide variety of applications, SRAMs are configured using parameters like the word-length, bit lines, operating voltage, access time, and most importantly the technology node. The access time of an SRAM cell is the time require for a read or write operation of SRAM.
Manually configuring the SRAM for every change in parameter seems a slightly in-efficient and tedious task. Due to this reason, the memory compiler is used on a large scale, as it facilitates easy configuration and optimization of memory. OpenRAM, an open-source memory compiler is used for characterization and generation of SRAM designs.
This webinar mentioned multiple open-source circuit schematic design, layout design, SPICE simulations tools and memory compiler. The tools used are explained in detail. All the Skywater SKY130 PDKs related files are added to the repository mentioned in webinar, which can be used without installing the complete PDKs. To install or get other details of Skywater PDKs, it can be found in Skywater official website
Who this course is for:
- VLSI Beginner who wants to quickly learn about various custom cells like 6T-SRAM, DFF
- VLSI professionals who want to know how to configure open-source memory compiler OpenRAM for custom memory IP generation
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.
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6) Analyzed STA engine behavior for design size up to 850 million instance count ACADEMIC
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Shon Taware has completed his post-graduate study in Embedded System and VLSI Design. He has worked on multiple digital RTL design and physical design projects. He has a good understanding of CMOS technology, digital electronics, RTL Design, Synthesis and Static Timing Analysis. He is currently working on a RISC-V project focusing on complete RTL design and open-source RTL to GDS flow.