Blogs

OpenROAD at DAC 2022- Leading the Charge toward Democratized Chip Design

DAC-2022 #DAC59 was refreshing in several ways. First, it brought together people in the EDA and Semiconductor industries after the strict barriers imposed by the pandemic and the remote work model. Second, there was clear interest and focus amongst exhibitors, conference attendees, and panelists to chart key industry initiatives to ...

OpenROAD at GSoC 2022

This year three OpenROAD related projects have been selected by the GSoC Initiative. These were proposed by OpenROAD through the UCROSS/OSRE mentor organization: https://cross.ucsc.edu/news/news/20220531osre.html Two of these projects are aimed at enhancing OpenLane documentation and thereby improving the overall user experience with installation, flow, debugging and visualization during key stages ...

Automated SoC, Mixed-Signal Design using OpenROAD and FASoC

OpenROAD is a foundational application for open-source VLSI design from RTL to GDSII. It is used widely by many popular Open Source tools and initiatives that foster and enable ASIC and FPGA design flows and methodologies. One such initiative is  FASoC, a DARPA-funded program across multiple universities and industry leaders ...

Using Git Action For OpenLane Design Change Management

The OpenROAD project contains a specific repository that defines a set of useful actions that can be triggered to implement several valuable functions. Refer to the repository https://github.com/The-OpenROAD-Project/actions. The README.md file lists the actions provided for various useful functions that can be applied to the OpenROAD project repositories. One such ...

MPW designs in OpenROAD CI improve quality for everyone

OpenROAD is committed to continuously improving software quality and robustness since it is the key engine for OpenLane and potentially other open-source flow controllers. This primarily hinges on two main goals: Ensuring  broad coverage for design size and functionality Catching and fixing software and tool problems earlier in the development ...

OpenROAD – Key Milestones on the Road towards Good PPA

OpenROAD – Key Milestones on the Road towards Good PPA Overview OpenROAD is the leading open-source digital place-and-route solution, providing easy access and removing the cost barriers of commercial VLSI design tools. OpenROAD’s vision and focus is to democratize semiconductor design automation from RTL-to-GDS. The impact of OpenROAD’s innovation and ...