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NAME¶RING - PAD RING router
SYNOPSIS¶RING source result [ stat ]
ORIGIN¶This software belongs to the ALLIANCE CAD SYSTEM developed by the ASIM team at LIP6 laboratory of Université Pierre et Marie CURIE, in Paris, France.
Web : http://asim.lip6.fr/recherche/alliance/
E-mail : email@example.com
DESCRIPTION¶source defines two input files:
-- the parameter file: source.rin
This file consists in 5 sections: 4 for the pad placement on circuit sides, one to define the power sypply width (in lambda units).
p_pck p_i0 p_i1
south (p_vssb p_vddb p_i2)
width (vss 50 vdd 80)
Separators (spaces, tabulations and new line) are allowed between instance names.
-- east(), north(), south(), west() define the relative pad order. They use the pad instance names.
For the north() and south() sections, the instance name declaration are from the left (first pad) to the right (last pad).
For the east() and west() sections, the instance name declaration are from the bottom (first pad) to the top (last pad).
Any section may be missing. It means so the revalive side has no pad, however at least one side must has one pad.
-- the width() section is optional and describes the power (vdd), and ground (vss) track width.
RING uses a pad library whose path directory is defined with the
MBK_CATA_LIB(1) environment variable. It also uses a catalog filename which
is defined with the MBK_CATAL_NAME(1) environment variable.
The catalog must contain all the pad model names used in the circuit. The core model-name must not be present in the catalog.
Part of catalog file:
-- the statistic file: result.stat
It contains data about length (lambdas) and area (lambdas *
lambdas) in ALU1 and ALU2, for each equipotential. It describes how many
vias were placed.
Equipotential list :
index| name |lgth A1|lgth A2|area A1|area A2| nb vias
_________________________________________________________ 60 | vss | 9034 | 4408 | 614288| 454024| 1128
_________________________________________________________ 59 | vdd | 7494 | 3968 | 574248| 408704| 1128
_________________________________________________________ 54 | b2_coeur | 2253 | 1899 | 2253| 3798| 4 _________________________________________________________
Total length alu1 : 18781 (lambdas)
Total length alu2 : 10275 (lambdas)
Total area alu1 : 1190789 (lambdas * lambdas)
Total area alu2 : 866526 (lambdas * lambdas)
Total of vias : 2260
ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES¶MBK_IN_LO(1) defines the input file format for the netlist.
MBK_IN_PH(1) defines the input file format for the layout.
MBK_OUT_PH(1) defines the output file format for the layout.
MBK_CATAL_NAME(1) defines the catalog filename.
MBK_CATA_LIB(1) defines the library pad cells directory.
MBK_WORK_LIB(1) defines the work directory.
USAGE¶RING performs the physical routing between core of circuit and pad ring. RING is not a floor plan router and allows only one core.
A core is designed, for example, with the standard cells placer ocp(1) and router nero(1), which places the input and output connectors on the abutment box. The physical core connectors must be separated by more than one pitch in any metal (in ALU1 or ALU2).
Netlist and layout views relative to the same figure must have the same name. For example, the netlist core name and the routed core name.
RING performs an automatic placement of the pad ring and core. It is not necessary to place pads, but only to describe their relative position on each side, in the parameter file (source.rin).
Distance between the first track and any instance (pad or core) is
the pitch so 5 lambdas.
EXAMPLE¶Let chip.al be the circuit netlist and core.ap the routed core. 80 lambdas for supply track width and the pad placement are described as follows.
north(p_a1 p_a2 p_a3 p_a4)
p_i1 #another comment: the rest of the line
east(p_b4 p_b3 p_b2 p_b1)
west(p_f1 p_f2 p_f3 p_f4)
- We want a ring of pads as follow:
| |p_a1|p_a2|p_a3|p_a4| |
|----| +-------+ |----|
|p_f3| | | |p_b2|
|----| | CORE | |----|
|p_f2| | | |p_b3|
|----| +-------+ |----|
| |p_i1|p_i2|p_i3|p_i4| |
In order to obtain the routed circuit (chipr.ap):
> ring chip chipr
SEE ALSO¶genlib(1) lvx(1) ocp(1) nero(1) druc(1)
DIAGNOSTICS¶Physical core must have at least one physical connector by side, otherwise it can't place pads correctly, and maybe dump a core file.
Whenever lots of core connectors (bus) are placed close ones from each others, RING may have problems to connect pad connectors placed just in front of them. In such a case, it is recommended to not have pad connectors at that place and thus to place an instance pad without connector (as pvdde_sp) or to cut the bus into several parts to let space between connectors.
When core connectors are to close from corners, RING sometimes
connects those one to supply rings, to solve this bug, move core connectors
or change pad placement. In any case, use druc(1) or lvx(1) to
Supply vdd and vss pads (resp. pvddi_sp and pvssi_sp) must be
placed as close as possible of the core side middle (i.e. not in the
corners). Otherwise, RING cannot link supply pad connector to ring supplies
and exits with a error message.
Supply tracks from pads and core are connected at the supply ring.
There is sometimes few problems when core and pad tracks are opposite. Move
pads usually corrects problem.
BUG REPORT¶This tool is under development at the ASIM department of the LIP6 laboratory.
We need your feedback to improve documentation and tools.
|October 1, 1997||ASIM/LIP6|