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Empowering Custom IC Design by cleaning up the mess underneath. Nick English November, 2003. The 30,000 Foot View: A Jungle. IP. B. A. C. B’. Design Community. B. A’. A. A. C’. C. Foundry. Everyone is struggling to find their way. A. B. C. EDA. The 30,000 Foot View: Future.

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empowering custom ic design by cleaning up the mess underneath

Empowering Custom IC Design by cleaning up the mess underneath

Nick English

November, 2003

the 30 000 foot view a jungle
The 30,000 Foot View: A Jungle

IP

B

A

C

B’

Design Community

B

A’

A

A

C’

C

Foundry

Everyone is struggling to find their way

A

B

C

EDA

the 30 000 foot view future
The 30,000 Foot View: Future

IP

B

A

C

B’

Design Community

B

A’

A

A

C’

C

Foundry

A design kit standard to serve the custom design community

A

B

C

EDA

silicon world 5 basic components
Components

Transistor

Diode

Res

Cap

Ind

But… Standards?

GDSII?

HSPICE?

Artist?

Calibre?

Virtuoso?

Cadence PDK?

Silicon World: 5 Basic Components
  • Lack of standards at elemental level
    • Creates huge inefficiencies
    • Inhibits progress in the custom design world

“We’re proposing a stronger foundation”

ok objective
OK Objective

Put a Strong Foundation to the IC Design Process

Reduce Redundant Work by Multiple Companies and the Inefficiencies and Nuisances

Work in Areas of Minimal Competition Between Vendors

Continue Standardization Efforts

That are helping the industry

things to work on
Things to work on
  • Design function, nomenclature and categories
  • Design kit elements and formats
  • Tool & technology fit
  • Design type and applications
  • Management of all this stuff
    • Ownership
    • Qualification
    • Revision Control
    • Distribution
who cares
Who Cares?
  • Designer community
  • Library & IP developers
  • Internal DA groups
  • EDA tool providers
  • Foundries
ok participating companies
1st Silicon

ADA

AMIS

Artisan

AWR

Barcelona

Cadence

Chartered

Cira Nova

Conexant

HPL

IC Methods

Mentor

Motorola

National

NEC

Philips

Qualcomm

Sagantec

Silterra

Silvaco

Skyworks

Sony

Synopsys

Texas Instruments

TSMC

Virage Logic

OK Participating Companies
openkit technology reference
OpenKit Technology Reference
  • 180 - 130nm BiCMOS process technology with copper interconnect
  • Broad range of supported devices to use in setting standards for all design styles
  • Initial focus on custom digital design using CMOS devices
  • Rapidly cover analog and RF by setting standards for the broader set of devices
  • The roadmap is intended to track the ITRS roadmap with 3 design class & device category releases per technology node.
openkit roadmap thru 05

Version

90nm CMOS

See V1.0

V2.0

Add BJT (signal), inductor,

Varactor, RF BiCMOS design

V1.2

Add poly capacitors, precision devices, DMOS,

drain-ext CMOS, BJT(power), Analog design

V1.1

180-130nm CMOS, NMOS, PMOS, poly resistor, diodes, MOS and

metal capacitors, metal resistors, diodes, Custom digital design

V1.0

V1.0

Management, Distribution, Organization, Documentation Standards

June ‘04

Dec ‘04

June ‘05

Dec ‘05

OpenKit Roadmap thru ‘05
time to take action
Time To Take Action
  • Time to find a better way
  • Time to stop subscribing to the old beliefs
  • Time to establish a foundation that everyone can build on
  • Time to empower the Custom IC designer

OK !

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Q&A and

Invitation

Empowering Custom IC Design by cleaning up the mess underneath

Nick English

[email protected]

760-522-5966

760-543-5881 fax

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