The FloorDirector® Platform
FloorDirector® is an ASIC/SoC backend platform to analyze and optimize dynamic power integrity and timing.
At advanced process nodes, power integrity has a direct impact on area utilization, timing, as well as fabrication yield. Power integrity closure puts high demand on resources used in implementing the power delivery network. This leads to a routability crunch, making it hard to achieve the targeted area utilization. Timing closure is also impacted, both in terms of setup-time, as well as hold-time.
Optimal design closure at 10nm and 7nm nodes thus requires specialized approaches beyond what is available in standard Place&Route tools. The FloorDirector platform provides capabilities to take SoC design one step beyond standard.
FloorDirector implements a holistic and placement-aware view of dynamic power, power grid architecture, dynamic voltage drop, MMMC timing and clock architecture, enabling a range of tools for power integrity and timing optimization.
FloorDirector-PWR: Optimizes dynamic power integrity at the pre-CTS stage. Dynamic Voltage Drop (DVD) is reduced, allowing a smaller power grid to be used, thus maintaining power integrity margin with better routability.
FloorDirector-BTO: Optimizes bulk timing at the pre-CTS stage, to create a better starting point for the physical backend. This leads to reduced postRoute setup- and hold-TNS and easier design closure.
FloorDirector-DVD: Analyzes Dynamic Voltage drop at pre- or post-CTS design stages. Allows fast, truly iterative what-if analysis, to arrive at the most optimal power grid implementation, with the smallest impact on routability.
FloorDirector interfaces to existing design flows through standard design and library formats.
FloorDirector is a platform for optimizing SoC dynamic power integrity and timing early in the design flow.
The FloorDirector platform is silicon-proven down to 7nm
Power Integrity Optimization
Reducing the SoC’s dynamic voltage drop (DVD), without penalties such as violated timing paths or a large overhead in clock tree buffers, allows a smaller power grid and better routability.
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