Earlier physical optimization impacts a design QoR gain and can disclose potential hurdles in dealing with unknown design variants such as new IP inclusion or new process node issues. Along the RTL-to-GDS2 implementation continuum, a left-shift move requires a robust modeling and proper context captures in order to produce meaningful outcomes.
Aside from synthesis, floorplanning, placement and routing are three major optimization segments that largely shape the final design footprint and determine the feasibility of design targeted performance. Although judging on its own merits, each has a unique set of pre-requisites and its optimization context, close alignment among them is crucial. Read More