GeminiII: A Second Generation Layout Validation Program
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE NORTHWEST LAB FOR INTEGRATED SYSTEMS
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Gemini is a circuit comparison program that is widely used to compare circuit layout against a specification. In this paper we describe recent extensions made to Gemini that make it faster, enable it to isolate errors better, and extend its domain of application. This has been done by changes to the labeling algorithm, extensions to the local matching algorithm, better handling of symmetrical circuits and the accommodation of series-connected transistors. GeminiIIs algorithm is separated into global labeling and local matching phases. GeminiII dynamically switches between the two depending on the amount of local structure contained in the circuit, taking advantage of the speed of the local matching algorithm when possible and relying on the power of the more general algorithm when the simple algorithm fails. This blending of algorithms also allows differences between two circuits to be better contained so that defects can be pinpointed.
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