A Performance Optimization Method by Gate Resizing Based on Statistical Static Timing Analysis

Masanori HASHIMOTO
Hidetoshi ONODERA

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E83-A    No.12    pp.2558-2568
Publication Date: 2000/12/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on VLSI Design and CAD Algorithms)
Category: Performance Optimization
Keyword: 
statistical static timing analysis,  static timing analysis,  gate resizing,  transistor sizing,  performance optimization,  

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Summary: 
This paper discusses a gate resizing method for performance enhancement based on statistical static timing analysis. The proposed method focuses on timing uncertainties caused by local random fluctuation. Our method aims to remove both over-design and under-design of a circuit, and realize high-performance and high-reliability LSI design. The effectiveness of our method is examined by 6 benchmark circuits. We verify that our method can reduce the delay time further from the circuits optimized for minimizing the delay without the consideration of delay fluctuation.