By Joris van den Hurk, Jochen A.G. Jess
Hierarchical layout equipment have been initially brought for the layout of electronic ICs, they usually looked as if it would supply for major advances in layout productiveness, Time-to-Market, and first-time correct layout. those innovations have received expanding significance within the semiconductor in recent times. during time, the supportive caliber of hierarchical tools and their benefits have been proven. System point Hardware/Software Co-design: An commercial Approach demonstrates the applicability of hierarchical tips on how to / software program codesign, and combined analogue / electronic layout following an analogous strategy.
Hierarchical layout tools supply for prime degrees of layout help, either in a qualitative and a quantitative feel. within the qualitative feel, the offered tools aid all levels within the product lifestyles cycle of digital items, starting from requisites research to software help. Hierarchical equipment in addition let for effective electronic layout, / software program codesign, and combined analogue / electronic layout, at the foundation of commercially to be had formalisms and layout instruments. within the quantitative experience, hierarchical tools have brought on a considerable raise in layout productiveness. System point Hardware/Software Co-design: An IndustrialApproach studies on a six yr learn within which time the variety of sq. millimeters of normalized complexity somebody fashion designer contributed per week rose by means of greater than an element of 5. Hierarchical tools for that reason enabled designers to maintain music of the ever expanding layout complexity, whereas successfully lowering the variety of layout iterations within the kind of redesigns.
System point Hardware/Software Co-design: An business Approach is the 1st publication to supply a entire, coherent approach layout technique that has been confirmed to extend productiveness in business perform. The booklet could be of curiosity to all managers, designers and researchers operating within the semiconductor industry.
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As soon as product requirements have been identified, a concept development phase involving system implementation studies is started. During concept development, a product is contrived on the basis of both existing and newly defined modules. A type study phase is subsequently entered for any newly defined modules, each module consisting of an individual Ie type and associated driver software. During the type study phase the feasibility of a new module is assessed. If a module design is proven to be feasible , type development is started, resulting in a type database that, after design verification is released for prototype production .
System Design Flows, Requirements and Implementation The type database (TDB - LL) is the actual manufacturing database for the type. It contains , among others, a formal, executable description of device structure, expressed in terms of library elements. In practice these library elements are logic gates, also referred to as standard cells, or occasionally datapath elements . The database furthermore contains a layout (geometry) view of the type, and production test vectors. In a semiconductor factory, the type database is implemented on silicon through severallithographic steps and processes.
Arcs representing analysis tasks are usually directed away from the origin. References [II J. H. Brattain, 'The transistor, a semiconductor triode", Phys. , vol. 14, pp 230, 1948.  Th. Benner and R. Ernst, "An Approach to Mixed Systems Co-Synthesis ", Proc. Fifth Intern. Workshop on Hardware / Software Codesign, pp. 9-14, Braunschweig, Germany, March 24-26,1991. P. Calvez, O. Pasquier and J. Peckol, "Software Implementation Techniques for HW/SW Embedded Systems", Proc. Fifth Intern. Workshop on Hardware / Software Codesign, pp.