Electrical Design-for-Manufacturability (DFM) checks are developed to quantify layout enhancements and their impact on circuit performance for analog designs. A database containing circuit topologies of analog matched devices is built. Then, connectivity checks scan the schematics for topologies from the database. If a matching topology were detected, the matched devices are mapped to layout for layout matching checks. If layout mismatches are detected, electrical DFM checks are used to quantify the imbalance in terms of parasitic resistance and capacitance. The electrical DFM checks are applied to quantify the impact due to routing, fill, and DFM fixing on three, 22nm analog design blocks. Fill insertion’s contribution to RC change is the greatest followed by routing and DFM fixing, with a maximum change of 7%, 5%, and less than 1%, respectively. Symmetry-aware layout insertions preserve the matching of electrical parameters, showing zero mismatch. All designs pass electrical DFM checks as results are within the expected design tolerances.
Proc. SPIE. 10962, Design-Process-Technology Co-optimization for Manufacturability XIII
KEYWORDS: Transceivers, Extremely high frequency, Metals, Manufacturing, Design for manufacturing, Analog electronics, Digital electronics, Yield improvement, Chemical mechanical planarization, Design for manufacturability
A suite of DFM enablement is enhanced to address the unique needs of analog, RF, and mmWave designs in the custom design flow. The DFM rules and patterns are made stricter beyond baseline requirements, and new DFM rules and patterns are added to further reduce layout-dependent device variability. Auto-fixing in the custom design flow is enhanced to meet these new requirements. New DFM enablement is developed for device matching for differential circuits and sensitive devices. Lastly, novel DFM fill strategies are implemented to reduce the variability of passive devices operating at high frequencies. Using DFM-aware fill, a 2% quality-factor loss for a mmWave inductor operating at 30 GHz is shown to be sufficient for meeting manufacturing planarity requirements.