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SAIT, Sadiq M.; SHEIKH, Ahmad T.  and  EL-MALEH, Aiman H.. Cell Assignment in Hybrid CMOS/Nanodevices Architecture Using a PSO/SA Hybrid Algorithm. J. appl. res. technol [online]. 2013, vol.11, n.5, pp.653-664. ISSN 2448-6736.

In recent years, substantial advancements have been made in VLSI technology. With the introduction of CMOL (Cmos\nanowire\MOLecular Hybrid), higher circuit densities are possible. In CMOL there is an additional layer of nanofabric on top of CMOS stack. Nanodevices that lie between overlapping nanowires are programmable and can implement any combinational logic using a netlist of NOR gates. The limitation on the length of nanowires put a constraint on the connectivity domain of a circuit. The gates connected to each other must be within a connectivity radius; otherwise an extra buffer is inserted to connect them. Particle swarm optimization (PSO) has been used in a variety of problems that are NP-hard. PSO compared to the other iterative heuristic techniques is simpler to implement. Besides, it delivers comparable results. In this paper, a hybrid of PSO and simulated annealing (SA) for solving the cell assignment in CMOL, an NP-hard problem, is proposed. The proposed method takes advantage of the exploration and exploitation factors of PSO and the intrinsic hill climbing feature of SA to reduce the number of buffers to be inserted. Experiments conducted on ISCAS'89 benchmark circuits and a comparison with other heuristic techniques, are presented. Results showed that the proposed hybrid algorithm achieved better solution in terms of buffer count in reasonable time.

Keywords : CMOL; combinatorial optimization; search heuristics; nanofabric; assignment; VLSI; hybrid heuristics.

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