Common-Centroid Layouts for Analog Circuits: Advantages and Limitations

Arvind K Sharma, Meghna Madhusudan, Steven M. Burns, Parijat Mukherjee, Soner Yaldiz, Ramesh Harjani, Sachin S. Sapatnekar

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Common-centroid (CC) layouts are widely used in analog design to make circuits resilient to variations by matching device characteristics. However, CC layout may involve increased routing complexity and higher parasitics than other alternative layout schemes. This paper critically analyzes the fundamental assumptions behind the use of common-centroid layouts, incorporating considerations related to systematic and random variations as well as the performance impact of common-centroid layout. Based on this study, conclusions are drawn on when CC layout styles can reduce variation, improve performance (even if they do not reduce variation), and when non-CC layouts are preferable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2021 Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783981926354
StatePublished - Feb 1 2021
Event2021 Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Feb 1 2021Feb 5 2021

Publication series

Name2021 Design, Automation & Test in Europe Conference & Exhibition (DATE)


Conference2021 Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 2021
CityVirtual, Online

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported in part by the DARPA IDEA program, as part of the ALIGN project, under SPAWAR Contract N660011824048.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 EDAA.


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