Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Skill Set Required for a Physical Design Engineer

As a Physical Design Engineer Market expect the following Skill set.

1. fair knowledge of physical desgn flow, Which include RTL Synthesis, Floorplanning, Placement of cells, Clock Tree Synthesis, Routing.
2. knowledge of Sign off checks like Static Timing Analysis, IR drop checks, Physical verification Checks, Logical Equivalence checks, Low Power checks
3. Scripting Languages Like Perl, TCL etc.
4. EDA Tool knowledge, Mostly tools from Synopsys and cadence are used in Physical Design.

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Moore's second law

As the cost of computer power to the consumer falls, the cost for producers to fulfill Moore's law follows an opposite trend: R&D, manufacturing, and test costs have increased steadily with each new generation of chips. Rising manufacturing costs are an important consideration for the sustaining of Moore's law. This had led to the formulation of Moore's second law, also called Rock's law, which is that the capital cost of a semiconductor fab also increases exponentially over time.

Moore's Law

Moore's law is the observation that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles about every two years. The observation is named after Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and CEO of Intel, whose 1965 paper described a doubling every year in the number of components per integrated circuit, and projected this rate of growth would continue for at least another decade. In 1975, looking forward to the next decade, he revised the forecast to doubling every two years. The period is often quoted as 18 months because of a prediction by Intel executive David House (being a combination of the effect of more transistors and the transistors being faster).