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The world of chip design is a captivating blend of creativity and engineering skills, so the heart of this complicated process lies in the RTL-to-GDSII flow, where the visionary ideas of engineers or designers are translated into physical chips that can boost our modern digital landscape. In this blog post, we will explore how the RTL-to-GDSII flow brings together the realms of creativity and engineering.
Let's first investigate all the stages (along with the Cadence tools used in each stage) in the RTL-to-GDSII flow:
The role of creativity in the RTL design lies in the initial stage, such as how designers conceptualize functionalities, architect the RTL, and focus on functional verification to meet the design specifications and parallelly optimize the design for performance, power, and area. The role of the synthesis is to transfer the RTL design into a gate-level netlist. In this stage, the designers balance the creative intent with the need for optimizations, using the techniques like logic restructuring and technology mapping to improve performance and efficiency. Likewise, creativity plays a crucial role in the placement and routing stage, especially during floor planning. The design blocks are placed strategically on the chip to optimize performance and minimize the area. Similarly, the remaining stages, like timing signoff, involve creatively optimizing the design to meet specified timing constraints using the techniques like gate sizing, buffer insertion, etc. Where timing closure requires a blend of engineering expertise, analytical thinking, and creative problem-solving, so throughout the RTL-to-GDSII process, the designers must combine their technical knowledge with innovative thinking to ensure the chip meets performance targets, making our lives easier today.
As you may know, Cadence provides an RTL-to-GDSII online course that covers the complete flow in detail, including the labs for each stage of the flow. Recently, this course, Cadence RTL-to-GDSII v5.0, has been updated to the latest version 5.0 with new features.
What's New in the Latest RTL-to-GDSII v5.0 Online Course?
The latest version of the Cadence RTL-to-GDSII v5.0 course has been updated with new sections, including how to:
Want to Learn More?
We organize this Cadence RTL-to- GDSII Flow training for you as a "Blended" or "Live" training. Please reach out to Cadence Training for further information.
Register for the Online Training with the following steps:
And don't forget to obtain your Digital Badge after completing the training!
For more information on Cadence's digital design and signoff products and services, visit the Digital and Signoff Products Release 22.1 page.