2.5 Solutions for reliability and security of mixed-signal circuits

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Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 11:30 - 13:00
Location / Room: Room 5

Chair:
Georges Gielen, KU Leuven, BE, Contact Georges Gielen

Co-Chair:
Manuel Barragan, TIMA, FR, Contact Manuel Barragan

The session presents techniques to analyse and optimize analog/mixed-signal circuits towards high reliability and security, addressing IR-aware routing, lifetime-aware optimization as well as securing mixed-signal circuits via logic locking.

TimeLabelPresentation Title
Authors
11:302.5.1IR-AWARE POWER NET ROUTING FOR MULTI-VOLTAGE MIXED-SIGNAL DESIGN
Speaker:
Mark Po-Hung Lin, National Chung Cheng University, TG
Authors:
Shuo-Hui Wang, Yen-Yu Su, Guan-Hong Liou and Mark Po-Hung Lin, National Chung Cheng University, TW
Abstract
Modern mixed-signal design usually contains multiple power signals with different supply voltages driving different sets of mixed-signal circuit blocks. As the process technology advances to nanometer era, IR drop becomes very significant, which may have great impact on circuit performance and reliability. Insufficient power supply to a circuit block will lead to performance degradation or even functional failure. Although such IR-drop problem can be minimized by widening metal wires or applying mesh routing structures of the power network, extra metal usage of those power nets with different supply voltages will significantly increase both chip area and cost. This paper presents a new IR-aware routing method to route multiple power nets simultaneously with the considerations of routing congestion, routing tree splitting, wire tapering, and metal layer optimization. Experimental results show that the presented method can effectively reduce total metal usage and satisfy IR-drop constraints.
12:002.5.2GENERATION OF LIFETIME-AWARE PARETO-OPTIMAL FRONTS USING A STOCHASTIC RELIABILITY SIMULATOR
Authors:
Antonio Toro-Frias1, Pablo Saraza-Canflanca2, Fabio Passos1, Pablo Martin-Lloret1, Rafael Castro-Lopez1, Elisenda Roca1, Javier Martin-Martinez3, Rosana Rodriguez3, Montserrat Nafria4 and Francisco Vidal Fernandez5
1Instituto de Microelectrónica de Sevilla, ES; 2Universidad de Sevilla (US) - Instituto de Microelectrónica de Sevilla (IMSE), ES; 3Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, ES; 4Universitat Autnoma de Barcelona, ES; 5Universidad de Sevilla - Instituto de Microelectrónica de Sevilla, ES
Abstract
Process variability and time-dependent variability have become major concerns in deeply-scaled technologies. Two of the most important time-dependent variability phenomena are Bias Temperature Instability (BTI) and Hot-Carrier Injection (HCI), which can critically shorten the lifetime of circuits. Both BTI and HCI reveal a discrete and stochastic behavior in the nanometer scale, and, while process variability has been extensively treated, there is a lack of design methodologies that address the joint impact of these two phenomena on circuits. In this work, an automated and time-efficient design methodology that takes into account both process and time-dependent variability is presented. This methodology is based on the utilization of lifetime-aware Pareto-Optimal Fronts (POFs). The POFs are generated with a multi-objective optimization algorithm linked to a stochastic simulator. Both the optimization algorithm and the simulator have been specifically tailored to reduce the computational cost of the accurate evaluation of the impact on a circuit of both sources of variability.
12:302.5.3MIXLOCK: SECURING MIXED-SIGNAL CIRCUITS VIA LOGIC LOCKING
Speaker:
Julian Leonhard, Sorbonne Université, CNRS, LIP6, FR
Authors:
Julian Leonhard1, Muhammad Yasin2, Shadi Turk3, Mohammed Thari Nabeel4, Marie-Minerve Louërat1, Roselyne Chotin-Avot1, Hassan Aboushady1, Ozgur Sinanoglu4 and Haralampos-G. Stratigopoulos1
1Sorbonne Université, CNRS, LIP6, FR; 2New York Universiry, US; 3Seamless Waves, FR; 4New York University Abu Dhabi, AE
Abstract
In this paper, we propose a hardware security methodology for mixed-signal Integrated Circuits (ICs). The proposed methodology can be used as a countermeasure for IC piracy, including counterfeiting and reverse engineering. It relies on logic locking of the digital section of the mixed-signal IC, such that unless the correct key is provided, the mixed-signal performance will be pushed outside of the acceptable specification range. We employ a state-of-the-art logic locking technique, called Stripped Functionality Logic Locking (SFLL). We show that strong security levels are achieved in both mixed-signal and digital domains. In addition, the proposed methodology presents several appealing properties. It is non-intrusive for the analog section, it incurs reasonable area and power overhead, it can be fully automated, and it is virtually applicable to a wide range of mixed-signal ICs. We demonstrate it on a Sigma-Delta Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC).
13:00IP1-7, 364ON THE USE OF CAUSAL FEATURE SELECTION IN THE CONTEXT OF MACHINE-LEARNING INDIRECT TEST
Speaker:
Manuel Barragán, TIMA laboraory, FR
Authors:
Manuel Barragan1, Gildas Leger2, Florent Cilici3, Estelle Lauga-Larroze4, Sylvain Bourdel4 and Salvador Mir3
1TIMA Laboratory, FR; 2Instituto de Microelectronica de Sevilla, IMSE-CNM, (CSIC - Universidad de Sevilla), ES; 3TIMA, FR; 4RFICLab, FR
Abstract
The test of analog, mixed-signal and RF (AMS-RF) circuits is still considered as a matter of human creativity, and although many attempts have been made towards their automation, no accepted and complete solution is yet available. Indeed, capturing the design knowledge of an experienced analog designer is one of the key challenges faced by the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) community. In this paper we explore the use of causal inference tools in the context of AMS-RF design and test with the goal of defining a methodology for uncovering the root causes of performance variation in these systems. We believe that such an analysis can be a promising first step for future EDA algorithms for AMS-RF systems.
13:00End of session
Lunch Break in Lunch Area



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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

  • Coffee Break 10:30 - 11:30
  • Lunch Break 13:00 - 14:30
  • Awards Presentation and Keynote Lecture in ""TBD"" 13:50 - 14:20
  • Coffee Break 16:00 - 17:00

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

  • Coffee Break 10:00 - 11:00
  • Lunch Break 12:30 - 14:30
  • Awards Presentation and Keynote Lecture in ""TBD"" 13:30 - 14:20
  • Coffee Break 16:00 - 17:00

Thursday, March 28, 2019

  • Coffee Break 10:00 - 11:00
  • Lunch Break 12:30 - 14:00
  • Keynote Lecture in ""TBD"" 13:20 - 13:50
  • Coffee Break 15:30 - 16:00