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Innovus MMMC import

I am exploring Genus and Innovus tools, I noticed to import a design in Innovus we have to import MMMC.tcl file, is this file provided or have to be generated by Genus ? or needs to be written ...
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Synopsys Technology File (STF)

I am using a memory IP block from STM. The manuals of the memory IP has talked a lot about Synopsys Technology File (STF), though, with no info on how and where to use it. Among all files related to ...
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High-Level Synthesis (HLS) vs RTL for ASIC flow

I'd like to know when it's a good idea to use HLS over RTL (Verilog/VHDL) design if I'm targetting ASIC implementation? Can synthesis tools like Design Compiler convert HLS C/C++ into gate-level ...
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How to constrain a clock signal out from a multiplexer

How would you constrain this design? ext_clk and clk_in are asynchronous to each other. clk_div is derived by clk_in with double period. clk_out may be driven by either clk_in and ext_clk, ...
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How do I give clock constraint for a ring oscillator output?

I have 2 clocks in my design. One slow External clock and one high frequency ring oscillator clock. For external clock I am using the create_clock command to specify timing. The ring oscillator block ...
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VHDL: Optmize signal comparisons for synthesis

As a preface, there are certain coding styles used in VHDL/Verilog which help the synthesis tools infer different hardware(some better in perfomance than the other). For example using an if-else-if ...
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How is ASIC design different from FPGA design? Do you write HDL (Verilog, VHDL) to design and ASIC the same way you would for an FPGA?

From my limited understanding i feel as though one could just take the synthesis output from Verilog/VHDL code and then use that design to fabricate on silicon the sea of gates.
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Latches and Two Phase Clocking in modern ASICs

Why are latches and 2 phase clocking schemes frowned upon in modern high speed ASIC design? I understand that single edge flip-flop based designs are easier on STA tools but are there any other good ...
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Is RAM with read ahead (Look ahead) possible?

Is it possible to efficiently infer a RAM with "peek" ports apart from the usual standard ports? A 32-bit x 4 RAM might have a peek port to peek at data just ahead of the current data being accessed ...
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Power categories in ASIC design (Design Compiler)

I am currently working on the synthesis, with Synopsys' Design Compiler, of an AES encryption module. In the power reports there are three power categories specified : Switching Power Internal Power ...
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operand isolation in RTL

I'm trying to build some low power circuits at the RTL level. How would I go about coding operand isolation so that the synthesis tool (ASIC/FPGA) recognizes it. Assuming the spec requires the output ...
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Assigning x in verilog

Assume there exists a 1 bit data output port and a 1 bit dataValid output port for a module. Is it OK to assign 1'dx to the data output when dataValid is assigned 0? Will this create synthesis issues? ...
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how do you know the each parameter values of SDC at the first time?

when we do synthesis with SDC. we should be used with SDC. But I want to know what if you are in situation where the synthesis of yours is the first time, also the company does not even did synthesis ...
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How is the difference between sdf back annotation and spf back annotation?

I'm a rtl engineer. I'm confused between the difference of sdf and spf back annotation. As I know sdf came from STA( PT) and SPF came from STAR-RC. So In my experiance, the sdf used to timing close ...
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How to find high fanout nets?

In the timing report of a synthesis with Synopsys VCS, a warning states: Warning: Design contains 8 high-fanout nets. A fanout number of 1000 will be used for delay calculations involving these ...
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data bus power consumption

In a design I have, I am using a memory arb (receiving mem requests from two masters) What are the pros and cons for each of the follwing: use a mux for the read data of each master, so that if the ...
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How do you constrain input delay for a multidimenionsal input vector?

I am defining SDC input constraints for synthesis of a small module that is part of a larger ASIC design. I plan to run the module through synthesis using Synopsys tools. A few of the inputs to this ...
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Cadence SoC encounter

I am trying to create the layout of my design for an 8 bit multiplier accumulator in SoC Cadence encounter tool. After routing the design using wroute command, the ...
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Area vs Operating Frequency in asic synthesis

I am trying Synopsys dc tool for synthesizing my design. I tried different operating frequencies and observed the design area. Normally area should increase with increasing operating frequency but in ...
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What options do I have when synthesising control registers?

When your design includes control registers that are set/read on a dedicated clock domain (SPI or I2C etc), how do you usually deal with those? For instance: Do you keep them on their own clock ...