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Unity Signal Planner

The Only Hierarchical Signal Planner and Router for Custom Designs

Pulsic Unity Signal Planner, the only product to offer truly hierarchical, automated signal planning and routing, enables fast, constraint-driven routing of today’s advanced custom designs.



Unity Signal Planner: A New Approach to Routing

As chips grow in size and functionality, both manual routing and semi-automated routing using traditional routers have reached their practical limits. Assigning partitioned blocks to numerous layout teams fails to address the complexity of routing between the blocks, completing top-level routing, and resolving congestion at each level of hierarchy.

Unity Signal Planner represents a new, flexible approach to signal routing, designed from the ground up to deliver a complete and robust solution to the specific routing challenges of custom ICs. This new approach enables designers to route hierarchically complex custom chips in a fraction of the time required using manual, or even semi-automated, routing approaches. The automated signal planning and routing process provided by Unity Signal Planner is consistent, repeatable, and accommodates inevitable last-minute design changes quickly and easily.


Benefits:

  • Boost productivity and efficiency
  • Accelerate design closure through fast prototyping
  • Support for complex-topology routing
  • Compact routing
  • Minimize crosstalk and noise
  • (more)


Features:

  • High-performance routing
  • Constraint-driven routing
  • Fast prototyping
  • Seamless integration with the Pulsic Unity custom design suite
  • Manhattan routing style to avoid jogs
  • (more)


Integrated for Maximum Productivity

Unity Signal Planner integrates seamlessly with the Pulsic Unity Chip Planner to address multi-topology routing problems. Tight integration enables fast prototyping, optimized floorplanning schedules and automatic accommodation of major changes in schematics.


High-Performance, Constraint-Driven Routing

Unity Signal Planner routes thousands of nets in minutes, driven by user-defined constraints such as net metal width, shielding requirements, maximum and minimum layer width, and signal-pair matching. Its Manhattan routing style avoids jogs, reducing the number of vias required, and minimizing wire length, which, in turn, reduces parasitic effects and thus power consumption and signal-timing delays. Optimal net sorting avoids crossing routes, reducing noise.


Support for Complex Routing Topologies

Unity Signal Planner supports multiple-bias routing, strictly biased X-Y routing, as well as an advanced mode that enables designers to define complex routing schemes leveraging multiple layers to complete routing. Unity Signal Planner also supports the many specialized complex routing topologies required for optimized inter-block connection. It delivers optimizations for bus routing and compact signal routing for die-area savings.