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TAU 2020

ACM International Workshop on Timing Issues in the Specification and Synthesis of Digital Systems

March 19 - 20, 2020
Monterey, California

TAU 2020 timing contest topic:
Delay calculation using current models
[Contest website]

With 45 nano meter and below process technology node, impact wire resistance & miller capacitance on circuit delay are non-ignorant. So, delay calculation using voltage based model like Non Linear Delay Model (aka NLDM) could not be accurate for some of the designs which are manufactured in 45 nm and below process technology node. To overcome these challenges, EDA vendors have proposed new timing models, Current Source Model (aka CSM). Static Timing Analysis (aka STA) tools require new methods for delay calculation using CSM. Most of the commercial STA tools can do timing analysis using current source model but none of the open source STA tool have that capability yet.

To give the students exposure to latest industry trend and to contribute into the open-source community selected topic of TAU 2020 contest is to develop a delay calculator for current source model. Participants will write code for computing cell delay using up table of Current Source Models . Refer this overview document for detail information about the topic of contest.

Contest results

And the winners are:
  1. The TimeKeepers, University of Thessaly
  2. iTimer, National Taiwan University

Prior year contests