Routability-Aware Placement for Advanced FinFET Analog Circuits with Satisfiability Modulo Theories

Due to the increasingly complex design rules and geometric layout constraints within advanced FinFET nodes, automated placement of full-custom analog/mixed-signal (AMS) designs has become increasingly challenging. Compared with traditional planar nodes, AMS circuit layout is dramatically different for FinFET technologies due to strict design rules and grid-based restrictions for both placement and routing. This limits previous analog placement approaches in effectively handling all of the new constraints while adhering to the new layout style. Additionally, limited work has demonstrated effective routability modeling, which is crucial for successful routing. This paper presents a robust analog placement framework using satisfiability modulo theories (SMT) for efficient constraint handling and routability modeling. Experimental results based on industrial designs show the effectiveness of the proposed framework in optimizing placement metrics while satisfying the specified constraints.


Hao Chen (University of Texas at Austin)
David Z. Pan (University of Texas at Austin)

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