Fast Design Space Adaptation with Deep Reinforcement Learning for Analog Circuit Sizing [article]

Kai-En Yang, Chia-Yu Tsai, Hung-Hao Shen, Chen-Feng Chiang, Feng-Ming Tsai, Chung-An Wang, Yiju Ting, Chia-Shun Yeh, Chin-Tang Lai
2020 arXiv   pre-print
We present a novel framework for design space search on analog circuit sizing using deep reinforcement learning (DRL). Nowadays, analog circuit design is a manual routine that requires heavy design efforts due to the absence of automation tools, motivating the urge to develop one. Prior approaches cast this process as an optimization problem. They use global search strategies based on DRL with complex network architectures. Nonetheless, the models are hard to converge and neglected various
more » ... ng conditions of PVT (process, voltage, temperature).In this work, we reduce the problem to a constraint satisfaction problem, where a local strategy is adopted. Thus, a simple feed-forward network with few layers can be used to implement a model-based reinforcement learning agent. To evaluate the value of the our framework in production, we cooperate with R&Ds in an IC design company. On circuits with TSMC advanced 5 and 6nm process, our agents can deliver PPA (performance, power, area) beyond human level. Furthermore, the product will be taped out in the near future.
arXiv:2009.13772v3 fatcat:iy3wk7txpbhctotreakhpb43g4