Efficient crosstalk noise modeling using aggressor and tree reductions

Li Ding, D. Blaauw, P. Mazumder
IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer Aided Design, 2002. ICCAD 2002.  
This paper describes a fast method to estimate crosstalk noise in the presence of multiple aggressor nets for use in physical design automation tools. Since noise estimation is often part of the innerloop of optimization algorithms, very efficient closed-form solutions are needed. Previous approaches have typically used simple lumped 3-4 node circuit templates. One aggressor net is modeled at a time assuming that the coupling capacitances to all quiet aggressor nets are grounded. They also
more » ... the load from interconnect branches as a lumped capacitor and use a dominant pole approximation to solve the template circuit. While these approximations allow for very fast analysis, they result in significant underestimation of the noise. In this paper, we propose a new and more comprehensive fast noise estimation model. We use a 6 node template circuit and propose a novel reduction technique for modeling quiet aggressor nets based on the concept of coupling point admittance. We also propose a reduction method to replace tree branches with effective capacitors which models the effect of resistive shielding. Finally, we propose a new double pole approach to solve the template circuit. We tested the proposed method on noiseprone interconnects from an industrial high performance processor. Our results show a worst-case error of 7.8% and an average error of 2.7%, while allowing for very fast analysis. C r 2) Region II (t £ t r ): It can be easily observed that the noise voltage increases monotonically in Region I and it increases, then decreases in Region II. Therefore, the maximum noise voltage always occurs in Region II. By solving the equation dV II out t ¡ dt ¢ 0, we obtain the time noise voltage reaches the peak
doi:10.1109/iccad.2002.1167593 fatcat:lrzwjnnoibgfxgirxchbarkvza