Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Power Planning - Power Network Synthesis (PNS)

Power Planning - Power Network Synthesis (PNS)

In ICC Design Planning flow, Power Network Synthesis creates macro power rings, creates the power grid. PNS automates power topology definition, Calculations of the width and number of power straps to meet IR constraints, detailed P/G connections and via placement.

Here I am going to discuss about the Calculations of the width and number of power straps to meet EM IR constraints.Suppose consider core voltage Vdd core = 1.2volts.

Using below mentioned equations we can calculate vertical and horizontal strap width and required number of power straps.

1. Calculation of block currents w.r.t to power:

                     Iblock = Pblock/ Vddcore

                       Where Pblock = Block Power
                                  Vdd core = Core Voltage

2. Calculation the current supply from each side of the block :

                 Itop= Ibottom= {Iblockx [Wblock / (Wblock+Hblock)]} / 2

                 Ileft= Iright= {Iblock x [Hblock/ (Wblock+Hblock)]} / 2

3. Calculation of power-strap width based on EM:

               W strap_vertical( = W strap_top= W strap_bottom) = Itop/ J metal
                W strap_horizontal( = W strap_left= W strap_right) = Ileft/ J metal

4. Calculation of strap width based on IR drop dominates:

              Wstrap_vertical ≧ (Itop x Roe x Hblock) / 0.1Vdd
              Wstrap_horizontal≧ (Ileftx Roe x Wblock) / 0.1Vdd

5. Partition the power straps into power refreshes:

For better utilization of the routing channels, select a refresh width of (3 routing pitch + minimum metal6 width) = (3 x 0.59 μm + 0.25 μm) = 2.01μm 2 μm in the vertical and the same in the horizontal.

Block A as an example, the number of the Vdd/Vssrefresh is:

          Nrefresh_horizontal= Wstrap_ horizontal/ Wrefresh

          Nrefresh_vertical= Wstrap_vertical / Wrefresh

The spacing of each refresh would be:

         Srefresh_horizontal= Hblock/ Nrefresh_horizontal

         Srefresh_vertical = Wblock/ Nrefresh_vertical

6. Calculate the required number of core power/ground pads:

 If each power/ground pad can sustain 25 mA current, Pcore=630mw

        Npad_core = (Pcore/ Vddcore) / Icore_power_pad

                           = (630/1.2)/25
                           = 21

7. Core Power Estimation :

 The following equation provides a simple method to estimate the dynamic power and leakage power of combinational cells in the core area:

      Pdynamic= Pcore x F x Scomb x Ncomb

                Pcomb. is the power per MHz per gate count (nW/MHz/gate)
                F is the working frequency. (Unit = MHz)
                Scomb. is the switching activity of combinational logic

                Ncomb. is the number of gate counts

      Pstatic= Pleakagex Ncomb
                    Pleakage is average leakage power of gate
                    Ncomb. is the number of gate counts
•Gate count of combinational logic is 160K gates
•The working frequency is 27MHz
•Switching activity is 0.2

Then, the dynamic power consumption in the combinational circuit is,
Pdynamic = Pcorex F x Scombx NcombPdynamic
                = 12.35 nW/MHz X 27 X 0.2 * 160K
                = 10.67 mW

The leakage power consumption in the combinational logic is
Pstatic= Pleakagex NcombPstatic
          = 0.756 nW X 160K
          = 0.121 mW


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