Investigating the Impact of Fill Metal on Crosstalk-Induced Delay and Noise

Arthur Nieuwoudt1,  Jamil Kawa2,  Yehia Massoud1
1Rice University, 2Synopsys


In this paper, we investigate the crosstalk-induced delay and noise implications of floating and grounded fill metal generated using each of the rule-based and model-based fill placement techniques. We first examine the impact of fill metal on several interconnect test structures, which provide important insights into the performance and reliability implications of both intra-layer and inter-layer crosstalk coupling due to dummy fill. We then explore the noise and delay implications of fill metal on several large-scale designs implemented in 65 nm process technology. For the grounded fill cases, the fill metal significantly reduces crosstalk-induced delay and noise. Designs with foating fill metal also experience a reduction in average crosstalk-induced delay and noise, which is in contrast to the predictions of previous studies on small-scale interconnect structures. This paper provides the rst comprehensive investigation of the crosstalk induced delay and noise implications of grounded and floating fill metal for large-scale designs implemented in nano-scale process technology.