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In this paper, we present a new global router, NTHU-Route, for modern designs. NTHU-Route is based on iterative rip-ups and reroutes, and several techniques are proposed to enhance our global router. These techniques include (1) a history based cost function which helps to distribute overflow during iterative rip-ups and reroutes, (2) an adaptive(More)
This paper presents a robust global router called NTHU-Route 2.0 that improves the solution quality and runtime of NTHU-Route by the following enhancements: 1) a new history based cost function; 2) new ordering methods for congested region identification and rip-up and reroute; and 3) two implementation techniques. We report convincing experimental results(More)
In routing, finding a rectilinear Steiner minimal tree (RSMT) is a fundamental problem. Today's design often contains rectilinear obstacles, like macro cells, IP blocks, and pre-routed nets. Therefore obstacle-avoiding RSMT (OARSMT) construction becomes a very practical problem. In this paper we present a fast and stable algorithm for this problem. We use a(More)
The recent TAU computer-aided design (CAD) contest has aimed to seek novel ideas for accurate and fast clock network pessimism removal (CNPR). Unnecessary pessimism forces the static-timing analysis (STA) tool to report worse violation than the true timing properties owned by physical circuits, thereby misleading signoff timing into a lower clock frequency(More)
Modern PCBs have to be routed manually since no EDA tools can successfully route these complex boards. An auto-router for PCBs would improve design productivity tremendously since each board takes about 2 months to route manually. This paper focuses on a major step in PCB routing called bus planning. In the bus planning problem, we need to simultaneously(More)
Timing closure, which is to meet the design's timing constraints, is a key problem in the physical design flow. During the timing optimization process, buffers can be used to speedup the circuit or serve as delay elements. In this paper, we study the hold-violation removal problem for today's industrial designs. Discrete buffers, accurate timing(More)
Recently staggered pin arrays are introduced for modern designs with high pin density. Although some studies have been done on escape routing for hexagonal arrays, the hexagonal array is only a special kind of staggered pin array. There exist other kinds of staggered pin arrays in current industrial designs, and the existing works cannot be extended to(More)