Interconnect Modeling in Deep-Submicron Design

Won-Young JUNG  Soo-Young OH  Jeong-Taek KONG  Keun-Ho LEE  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E83-C   No.8   pp.1311-1316
Publication Date: 2000/08/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Issue on 1999 International Conference on Simulation of Semiconductor Processes and Devices (SISPAD'99))
Category: Circuit Applications
Keyword: 
statistical interconnect library generation,  interconnect modeling,  Monte Carlo method,  process variation,  

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Summary: 
As scaling has been continued more than 20 years, it has yielded faster and denser chips with ever increasing functionality. The scaling will continue down to or beyond 0.1 µm as proposed in SIA Technical Road map. With scaling, device performance improves, however, interconnect performance is degraded. In this scaled deep submicron technology, however, interconnects limit the performance, packing density and yield, if not properly modeled. In order to properly model and design the interconnect-dominated circuits, accurate and proper interconnect modeling is a must to assure the performance and functionality of ever-increasing complex multi-million transistor VLSI circuits. In this paper, the overall flow of interconnect modeling in IC design is reviewed including interconnect characterization, various 2-D/3-D field solvers, 2-D/3-D interconnect model library generation, and parameter extraction. And advanced topics of interconnect modeling in deep submicron are reviewed; statistical interconnect modeling.