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Databases and Cell-Selection Algorithms for VLSI Cell Libraries
February 1990 (vol. 23 no. 2)
pp. 18-30

The issues that must be addressed before commercial database management systems can be used to manage VLSI CAD data are defined. A survey is presented of approaches addressing four of the defined issues: design hierarchies and multilevel representations, design alternatives and version control, common interface between cell libraries and efficient cell selection based on given design constraints. A frame-based model is considered as a case study of the special-purpose design database management system approach. This framework for capturing design data is based on semantic networks. It is well suited for application-specific ICs, yet general enough for other CAD/CAM environments. Benchmark results for the selection algorithms that run on top of the frame-based database system are presented.

Simon Y. Foo, Yoshiyasu Takefuji, "Databases and Cell-Selection Algorithms for VLSI Cell Libraries," Computer, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 18-30, Feb. 1990, doi:10.1109/2.44902
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