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Layout Matching – 5 Kickass Rules!

Written by Adrian O'Shaughnessy – Senior Layout Engineer

Layout Matching – 5 Kickass Rules!
osted on !anuary "#$ %&"" by Adrian OShaughnessy '(E )abrication *rocess is not ideal and there)ore de+ice si,es can di))er )ro- -ask si,es. /t's critical that 0e understand the +arying e))ects o) )abrication and a**ly techni1ues to reduce -is-atch bet0een de+ices. E2a-*les o) such +ariations include -ask shi)t$ o+er3under etch$ i-*lant shado0ing$ o2ide gradients$ S'/$ W E etc. We need to try and adhere to a set o) layout rules that 0ill try to ensure 0e a+erage the *rocess +ariation gradients across the -atched structures. 'hese rules should include the )ollo0ing4 Unit Fingers • Matched de+ices should al0ays be layed out as -ulti*les o) a unit de+ice4

Device Orientation • 'he orientation o) a de+ice is a critical ele-ent 0hen -atching bet0een de+ices. Matched de+ices should al0ays ha+e the sa-e orientation4

cross qua ing • /nterlea+ing is a techni1ue 0here t0o or -ore de+ices are 0ea+ed together in the 6 or 7 a2is. (el*s co-*ensate )or -is-atches due to +ariation in *rocess gradients4 I entical ! "acent #on uctors $Du%%y Insertion& • 5u--y de+ices are inserted in the layout so as -atched de+ices are e2*osed to the sa-e boundary conditions4 F For more information on IC Mask Design's layout training course 'Advanced Analog Layout'. please visit http: !!!"icmaskdesign"com courses course#aalt .Layout Matching – 5 Kickass Rules! Written by Adrian O'Shaughnessy – Senior Layout Engineer Locality • 5e+ices 0hich re1uire close -atching should be *laced close together as it reduces -is-atches introduced due to +ariation in *rocess gradients4 Interleaving.