Shahab Akhtar , piyush mishra & AZEEM HASAN (Freescale)
EDN (June 22, 2015)
SoC design comes with its own set of complications and challenges. One of the biggest challenges that arises is backwards-compatible power bar-limited design in an LQFP package. As technologies are scaling, it is becoming more difficult to design the power grid for high frequency SoCs with limited power/ground lead availability on the LQFP package. In deep sub-micron designs, IR drop, least resistance path (LRP), and thermal profile can often significantly impact the functionality. In this paper, a new method is introduced which results in an optimized power grid structure.
Basics of backward-compatible & power bar-limited LQFP based SoCs
Backward compatible packages are a requirement of customers to save board cost and time so that they can expedite their products to market. In backward compatible design customer can easily move from single core designs to multiple core designs without changing its hardware as on LQFP package leads pin assignment is not changed. If we go for pin order change in the design which will add cost of new board & BOM to the customer & also product will delayed in the market. LQFP based design has been widely used because of its low cost product profile. If we are targeting low cost then we must choose backward compatible design when using LQFP packages in the products.
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