Exact and efficient crosstalk estimation

Martin Kuhlmann, Sachin S. Sapatnekar

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With the reducing distances between wires in deep submicrometer technologies, coupling capacitances are becoming significant as their magnitude becomes comparable to the area capacitance and fringing capacitance of a wire. This causes an increasing susceptability to failure due to inadvertent noise and leads to a requirement for accurate noise estimation. An incorrect estimation of the noise could lead either to circuit malfunction in case of underestimation or to wasted design resources due to overestimation. This paper presents a new time-efficient method for the precise estimation of crosstalk noise. While existing fast noise estimation metrics may overestimate the coupling noise by several orders of magnitude, the proposed metric computes the coupling noise with a good accuracy as compared to SPICE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)858-866
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2001

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received March 17, 2000; revised November 20, 2000. This work was supported in part by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency under Contract DA/DABT63-96-C-0050, in party by the Semiconductor Research Corporation under Contract 98-DJ-609, and in part by the National Science Foundation under Award CCR-9800992. This paper was recommended by Associate Editor R. Saleh.


  • Capacitance
  • Crosstalk
  • Inductance
  • Noise


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