Functional correlation analysis in crosstalk induced critical paths identification

TitleFunctional correlation analysis in crosstalk induced critical paths identification
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsXiao, T, Marek-Sadowska, M
Conference NameDesign Automation Conference, 2001. Proceedings
Keywordscapacitive couplings, circuit delay, combinational circuits, correlation methods, crosstalk, crosstalk delay effects, crosstalk induced critical paths identification, deep submicron digital circuits, delays, functional correlation analysis, integrated circuit measurement, logic gates, static timing optimization, switching directions, switching times, timing, VLSI
AbstractIn deep submicron digital circuits capacitive couplings make delay of a switching signal highly dependent on its neighbors' switching times and switching directions. A long path may have a large number of coupling neighbors with difficult to determine interdependencies. Ignoring the mutual relationship among the signals may result in a very pessimistic estimation of circuit delay. In this paper, we apply efficient functional correlation analysis techniques to identify critical paths caused by crosstalk delay effects. We also discuss applications to static timing optimization. Experiments demonstrate efficacy of the proposed technique.