Using OpenLANE to Harden Your Design:

You can utilize the Makefile existing here in this directory to do that.

But, first you need to specify 3 things:

export IMAGE_NAME=openlane:<the openlane tag/version you are using>
export PDK_ROOT=<The location where the pdk is installed>
export OPENLANE_ROOT=<the absolute path to the cloned openlane directory>

Then, you have two options:

  1. Create a macro for your design and harden it, then insert it into user_project_wrapper.

  2. Flatten your design with the user_project_wrapper and harden them as one.

NOTE: The OpenLANE documentation should cover everything you might need to create your design. You can find that here.

Option 1:

This could be done by creating a directory for your design here in this directory, and adding a configuration file for it under the same directory. You can follow the instructions given here to generate an initial configuration file for your design, or you can start with the following:

set script_dir [file dirname [file normalize [info script]]]

set ::env(DESIGN_NAME) <Your Design Name>

set ::env(VERILOG_FILES) "$script_dir/../../verilog/rtl/<Your RTL.v>"

set ::env(CLOCK_PORT) <Clock port name if it exists>
set ::env(CLOCK_PERIOD) <Desired clock period>

Then you can add them as you see fit to get the desired DRC/LVS clean outcome.

After that, run the following command:

make <your design directory name>

Then, follow the instructions given in Option 2.

Option 2:

  1. Add your design to the RTL of the user_project_wrapper.

  2. Modify the configuration file here to include any extra files you may need. Make sure to change these accordingly:

set ::env(CLOCK_NET) "mprj.clk"

set ::env(VERILOG_FILES) "\
	$script_dir/../../verilog/rtl/defines.v \

	$script_dir/../../verilog/rtl/defines.v \

set ::env(EXTRA_LEFS) "\

set ::env(EXTRA_GDS_FILES) "\

NOTE: Don't change the size or the pin order!

  1. Remove this line add_macro_placement mprj 1150 1700 N from the interactive script here and replace it with the placement for your macro instances. Or, remove it entirely if you have no macros, along with this line manual_macro_placement f.

  2. Run your design through the flow: make user_project_wrapper

  3. Re-iterate until you have what you want.

  4. Go back to the main and continue the process of boarding the chip.

Extra Pointers:

  • The OpenLANE documentation should cover everything you might need to create your design. You can find that here.
  • The OpenLANE FAQs can guide through your troubles.
  • Here you can find all the configurations and how to use them.
  • Here you can learn how to write an interactive script.
  • Here you can find a full documentation for all OpenLANE commands.
  • This documentation describes how to use the exploration script to achieve an LVS/DRC clean design.