ACORN: A system for CVS macro design by tree placement and tree customization
by P. S. Hauge, E. J. Yoffa
ACORN is a system for the physical design of cascode voltage switch (CVS) macros which utilizes tree placement and tree customization to improve macro wirability. The results obtained by designing a 43-tree differential (DCVS) macro on a masterslice chip image are presented to illustrate the design improvements. In this example, tree placement reduces wire length and via count by 12 percent relative to a transistor-pair placement design. Tree customization increases this improvement to 25 percent, and increases the porosity of the wired macro to vertical global wires from 8 percent for tree placement alone to 15 percent.