Changes in MPU design methodologies?

Article: The Battle in 64 bit Land, 2003 and Beyond
By: Singh, S.R. (swaranNOrajSPAMsinghPLEASE.delete@this.hotmail.com), February 10, 2003 9:34 pm
Room: Moderated Discussions
William L. (wle4c@yahoo.com) on 2/10/03 wrote:
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>Could you give a little more explanation as to how IBM's design is more automated
>than other companies? You may have to dumb it down a little for me as I am not
>quite as well versed as most here.


In short, IBM uses cell libraries as opposed to full-custom circuit design to design their MPUs, including a heavier reliance on automated placement & routing tools in order to complete the chip layout.

What this means is that IBM develops standard cell libraries for commonly-used circuits which the HDL compiler will use when synthesizing a netlist. This approach isn't used in all parts of the chip (ie: IBM has claimed this approach is good for adders and comparators, but poor for register files), though, giving IBM the ability to optimize some of the more important paths in the chip.
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  Excellent Article, Paul (NT)Arcadian2003/02/02 03:57 PM
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        Opteron SPEC PerformanceArcadian2003/02/03 11:15 AM
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      BTW Paul, it was VERY well written... BUT... =)Marc M.2003/02/03 09:25 AM
        Ditto (NT)William L.2003/02/10 07:28 PM
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      Changes in MPU design methodologies?doriangrey2003/02/06 11:41 PM
      Changes in MPU design methodologies?William L.2003/02/10 07:34 PM
        Changes in MPU design methodologies?Singh, S.R.2003/02/10 09:34 PM
          Watch thisSingh, S.R.2003/02/10 09:42 PM
  excellent article, just a nit or twomulp2003/02/15 11:11 PM
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