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The wait is over!

Remember the last few blogs where I was outlining the kind of tools you really need to tackle FinFET? Well they are here right now, because today Synopsys unveiled Custom Compiler and ushered in a new era of Visually-assisted Automation.

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What do layout engineers really need for FinFET – part 2.

In the last of blog we outlined the kind of tool that the layout engineer needs in order to get a good placement that delivers robust working silicon within the confines of the FinFET process. We concluded that a guided / interactive approach that is fast and easy to refine such that you do get the result you want is the way to go.

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What do layout engineers really need for FinFET – part 1

Over the last series of blogs we have looked at what tools the layout engineer has available to him/her to help them deal with the complexity of doing layout with FinFETs. Even though there are tools that help, the fact is there is still a productivity hit when comparing the time it takes to do a FinFET based layout versus a planar CMOS layout. When I asked my layout colleagues “how much longer does it take to do a FinFET based design versus planar CMOS?” they said it takes 2-3X more time.

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Current solutions for FinFET – part 3.

What is Electro-migration and why is it something we should care about?

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Current solutions for FinFET – part 2.

 

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Current Solutions for FinFET – part1

So, what tools do we have in our FinFET toolbox that can help layout engineers manage the complexity that FinFETs inherently bring?

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Hurricane FinFET – part 3

So, what do you have to do for routing? Well again, drawing on the experience of my layout colleagues who are still ‘in the business’ and dealing with FinFETs, here are a few landmines you will have to deal with.

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Hurricane FinFET – part 2.

So, FinFETs rule! They give the designer so much flexibility in trading off power and performance that it should be a no brainer to adopt the technology – right?

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Hurricane FinFET – part 1.

 In my last post, I said ‘A hurricane has made land fall and its name is FinFET’. Ok, it’s a little corny, but it was not meant to convey a sense of impending doom for custom layout productivity.’ Hurricanes are no doubt disruptive, but humans can adapt to even the worst nature can bring. And FinFETs bring tremendous benefits along with the disruption.

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We have come a long way – part 3

I left off in part 2 of this blog asking the question “have we exhausted all avenues in our search for layout productivity?”

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