Cell Library Creation using ALF

Assim Sagahyroon, Maddu Karunaratne


The design of Integrated Circuit (ASICs and SoCs) typically relies on the availability of a library consisting of predefined components called technology cells. Silicon vendors use proprietary formats to describe technology cells and macro modules in conjunction with numerous translators to feed technology library data to Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools. Multiple grammar formats are used to represent various aspects of the cells in the same technology library, such as behavior for simulation, timing parameters for synthesis, physical data for layout, noise parameters for signal integrity checks, etc. In addition, most of these formats are highly tool-oriented and are not grammatically consistent. In this paper we will discuss the newly adopted IEEE 1603-2003 Advanced Library Format (ALF) standard which eliminates such drawbacks. This standard defines a grammar for accurate and comprehensive modeling of technology libraries and macro modules in order to bridge the growing gap between new design rules and the analysis required for complex high-end IC implementations.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.2498/cit.2005.03.06

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