Model reduction of parasitic coupling networks of mixed‐signal VLSI circuits

Stefan Ludwig (Institute of Electromagnetic Theory, Leibniz University Hannover, Hannover, Germany)
Wolfgang Mathis (Institute of Electromagnetic Theory, Leibniz University Hannover, Hannover, Germany)

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to present a method for the efficient reduction of networks modelling parasitic couplings in very‐large‐scale integration (VLSI) circuits.

Design/methodology/approach

The parasitic effects are modelled by large RLC networks and current sources for the digital switching currents. Based on the determined behaviour of the digital modules, an efficient description of these networks is proposed, which allows for a more efficient model reduction than standard methods.

Findings

The proposed method enables a fast and efficient simulation of the parasitic effects. Additionally, an extension of the reduction method to elements, which incorporate some supply voltage dependence to model the internal currents more precisely than independent current sources is presented.

Practical implications

The presented method can be applied to large electrical networks, used in the modelling of parasitic effects, for reducing their size. A reduced model is created which can be used in investigations with circuit simulators requiring a lowered computational effort.

Originality/value

Contrary to existing methods, the presented method includes the knowledge of the behaviour of the sources in the model to enhance the model reduction process.

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Citation

Ludwig, S. and Mathis, W. (2011), "Model reduction of parasitic coupling networks of mixed‐signal VLSI circuits", COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering, Vol. 30 No. 4, pp. 1363-1375. https://doi.org/10.1108/03321641111133253

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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