Congestion-Driven Codesign of Power and Signal Networks **This work was supported in part by the NSF under award CCR-0098117 and by the SRC under contract 99-TJ-714.
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We present a global wire design methodology that simultaneously considers the performance needs for both signal lines and power grids under congestion considerations. An iterative procedure is employed in which the global routing is performed according to a congestion map that includes the resource utilization of the power grid, followed by a step in which the power grid is adjusted to relax the congestion in crowded regions. This adjustment is in the form of wire removal in noncritical regions, followed by a wire sizing step that overcomes the effects of wire removal. Experimental results show that the overall routability can be significantly improved while the power grid noise is maintained within the voltage droop constraint.
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Su, H., Hu, J., Sapatnekar, S. S., & Nassif, S. R.