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Abstract

As process and device technologies mature, hundreds of thousands and even millions of transistors are integrated on a single silicon chip. Computer-aided design tools are indispensable for designing such state-of-the-art VLSI chips. The tools for complex integrated circuit design should be different from those for small scale integrated circuit design, for which a small set of tools is adequate. For the verification of small scale integrated circuits, circuit simulators, such as SPICE2 1, are enough. In other words, exhaustive verification of a circuit of such size can be performed at the transistor level in a reasonable CPU time using SPICE2. SPICE2 was originally designed in the early 1970s to analyze circuits containing fewer than a hundred transistors. Unfortunately, SPICE3, the latest version of SPICE, is still inadequate for very large circuits.

Keywords

Digital Circuit Formal Verification Circuit Simulation VLSI Design VLSI Circuit 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeong-Taek Kong
    • 1
  • David Overhauser
    • 2
  1. 1.Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.Korea
  2. 2.Duke UniversityUSA

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