ToPoliNano and fiction: Design tools for field-coupled nanocomputing

U. Garlando, M. Walter, R. Wille, F. Riente, F. Sill Torres, R. Drechsler. ToPoliNano and fiction: Design tools for field-coupled nanocomputing. pages 408-415, DOI, 10, 2020.

  • Umberto Garlando
  • Marcel Walter
  • Robert Wille
  • Fabrizio Riente
  • Frank Sill Torres
  • Rolf Drechsler
BuchProceedings of the 2020 23rd Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD)
TypIn Konferenzband

Field-coupled Nanocomputing (FCN) is a computing concept with several promising post-CMOS candidate implementations that offer tremendously low power dissipation and highest processing performance at the same time. Two of the manifold physical implementations are Quantum-dot Cellular Automata (QCA) and Nanomagnet Logic (NML). Both inherently come with domain-specific properties and design constraints that render established conventional design algorithms inapplicable. Accordingly, dedicated design tools for those technologies are required. This paper provides an overview of two leading examples of such tools, namely fiction and ToPoliNano. Both tools provide effective methods that cover aspects such as placement, routing, clocking, design rule checking, verification, and logical as well as physical simulation. By this, both freely available tools provide platforms for future research in the FCN domain.