John Marty Emmert (Advisor), Saiyu Ren (Committee Member), Raymond Siferd (Committee Member)
Semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs) have become key components in almost every aspect of our daily lives. From simple home appliances to extremely sophisticated aerospace systems, we have become increasingly dependent on ICs. System-on-chip (SoC) is an IC methodology that includes multiple design technologies on a single IC chip. SoC was developed to further integrate and manage system complexity. Due to SoC and increasingly dense IC fabrication technologies, design time and thereby system time-to-market are becoming more critical drivers of the IC design cycle. In order to address issues related to design time and time-to-market, highly optimized semiconductor intellectual property (IP) is often leveraged. These IP blocks are predesigned, highly optimized sub-system components. To take full advantage of these and other sub-components, we have developed a Genetic Algorithm (Simulated Evolution) based floorplanning tool to quickly and efficiently solve the SoC and application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) floorplanning problem. Our tool takes advantage of both hard and soft macros to optimize IC area usage.
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Department of Electrical Engineering
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