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Robust Clock Tree Routing in the Presence of Process Variations

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Robust Clock Tree Routing in the Presence of Process Variations
Abstract--Advances in very large-scale integration technology make clock skew more susceptible to process variations. Notwithstanding efficient exact zero-skew algorithms, clock skew still limits postmanufacturing performance. Process-induced skew presents an ever-growing limitation for high-speed large-area clock networks. To achieve multigigahertz operation for high-end designs, clock networks must be constructed to tolerate variations in various interconnect parameters. This paper proposes a statistical centering-based clock routing algorithm that is built upon deferred merging embedding that greatly improves skew tolerance to interconnect variations. The algorithm achieves the improvement by the following ways: 1) choosing the best center measure which is dynamically based on the first three moments of the skew distribution and 2) designing for all sink pairs in the simultaneously. In addition, a variation-aware abstract topology generation algorithm is proposed in this paper. Expe...
Uday Padmanabhan, Janet Meiling Wang, Jiang Hu
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where TCAD
Authors Uday Padmanabhan, Janet Meiling Wang, Jiang Hu
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