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Design Methodology for 3D Power Delivery Networks


Design of power delivery network (PDN) is a constrained optimization problem. An ideal PDN must limit voltage drop that results from switching circuits transients, satisfy current density constraints that arise from electromigration limits, yet use only minimal metal resources so that design density targets can be met. It should also provide an efficient thermal conduit to address heat flux. Further, ideal PDN should be a regular structure to facilitate design productivity and manufacturability, yet be resilient to address varying power demands across its distribution area. In 3D-ICs, these problems are further constrained by the need to minimize TSV area and bridge power lines of different dimensions across tiers, while addressing varying power demands in lateral and vertical directions. In this paper, we propose an unconventional power-grid optimization solution that allows us to resize each tier individually by applying tier-specific constraints and yet be optimal in a multitier network, where each tier is locally resized while globally constrained. Tier-specific constraints are derived from electrical and thermal targets of 3D PDNs. Two resizing algorithms are presented that optimize 3D PDNs stand-alone or 3D PDNs together with TSVs. We demonstrate these solutions on a three-tier setup where significant area savings can be achieved.
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Aida Todri-Sanial. Design Methodology for 3D Power Delivery Networks. A. Todri-Sanial; Ch. Seng Tan. Physical Design for 3D Integrated Circuits, CRC Press, pp.30, 2015, Chapter 8, 9781498710367. ⟨lirmm-01445808⟩
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