Chips Are Going 3D, DRC Needs to Go 3D Too

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by Paul McLellan
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The last paradigm shift in DRC was around 0.35um when designs got too large to handle as flat data, and hierarchical approaches were required. Back then the design rules themselves were not that complex, the explosion of data volume came from the complexity of the design itself. But each process node added more design rules intricacies and many new types of rules that needed to be checked.

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