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Substrate Noise Injection

Luca Carloni, University of California at Berkeley
Edoardo Charbon
Alberto Ferrari, Parades, Rome
Paolo Miliozzi, Conexant
Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, University of California at Berkeley

Techniques are presented to compactly represent substrate noise currents injected by digital networks. %% Using device-level simulation, every gate in a given library is modeled by means of the signal waveform it injects into the substrate, depending on its input transition scheme. %% For a given sequence of input vectors, the switching activity of every node of the boolean network is computed. Assuming that technology mapping has been performed, each node corresponds to a gate in the library, hence to a specific injection waveform. %% The noise contribution of each node is computed by convolving its switching activity with the associated injection waveforms. The total injected noise for the digital block is then obtained by summing all the noise contributions in the circuit. %% The resulting injected noise can be viewed as a random process, whose power spectrum is computed using standard signal processing techniques. %% A study was performed on a number of standard benchmark circuits to verify the validity of the assumptions and to measure the accuracy of the obtained power spectra, as compared to the equivalent substrate network obtained by full extraction and simulation.


S. Zanella, A. Neviani, E. Zanoni, E. Charbon, P. Miliozzi, C. Guardiani, L. Carloni, and A. L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, Modeling of Substrate Noise Injected by Digital Libraries, Proc. Int. Symp. Quality Electronic Design, San Jose, CA, March 2001.

E. Charbon, P. Miliozzi, L.P. Carloni, A. Ferrari and A.L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, Modeling Digital Substrate Noise Injection in Mixed-Signal ICs, IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, Vol. 18, No. 3, March 1999.

P. Miliozzi, L.P. Carloni, E. Charbon and A.L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, SubWave: a Methodology for Modeling Digital Substrate Noise Injection in Mixed-Signal ICs. Proceedings of the IEEE 1996 Custom Integrated Circuit Conference.

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