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Theme fund: NGI0 Entrust
Start: 2022-10
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High performance placement of cells inside digital electronic circuitry

A core component of the ASIC design toolchain is the placement tool, which must decide where to place the components of the chip so that it can be manufactured and meet the performance target. To build chips reliably, improve performance and improve power consumption, the placement tool must interact with other complex tools (routing, timing, gate sizing, ...). This requires a complex integration, and even necessary to target newer technology nodes. Our goal is to provide high-quality placement algorithms with an easy-to-use interface, so it is easy to use in multiple situations and toolchains.

Coloquinte started as a component of the Coriolis toolchain. Since then, it has been made into a library for inclusion in other tools and multiple languages. Current developments target the integration with timing tools (for better chip performance) and routing tools (for power consumption, performance and compilation stability).

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101069594.