An Algorithm for Statistical Static Timing Analysis Considering Correlations between Delays

Shuji TSUKIYAMA  Masakazu TANAKA  Masahiro FUKUI  

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IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E84-A   No.11   pp.2746-2754
Publication Date: 2001/11/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on VLSI Design and CAD Algorithms)
Category: Timing Analysis
Keyword: 
static timing analysis,  statistical approach,  correlation,  normal distribution,  CMOS combinatorial circuits,  

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Summary: 
In this paper, we present a new algorithm for statistical static timing analysis of a CMOS combinatorial circuit, which takes correlations into account to improve accuracy of the distribution of the maximum delay of the circuit. The correlations treated in the algorithm are not only the one between distributions of arrival times of input signals to a logic gate but also correlation between switching delays of a logic gate and correlation between interconnect delays of a net. We model each delay by a normal distribution, and use a normal distribution of two stochastic variables with a coefficient of correlation for computing the maximum of two delays. Since the algorithm takes the correlation into account, the time complexity is O(m2) in the worst-case, where m is the number of edges of the graph representing a given circuit. But, for real combinatorial circuits, the complexity is expected to be less than this.