Integrated circuit layout design

  • US 6,324,677 B1
  • Filed: 02/23/1999
  • Issued: 11/27/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/23/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An integrated circuit having a layout that includes a center area with functional circuits thereon, and rectangular I/O strip areas along at least one perimeter of said integrated circuit, where at least one of said I/O strip areas is employed for carrying power to said integrated circuit (power I/O strip) through a conductor embedded in said power I/O strip, while remaining ones of said I/O strip areas are employed for passing signals to and from said integrated circuit and, optionally, processing said signals with signal processing circuits laid out in said I/O strip areas, the improvement comprising:

  • signal-processing circuitry placed on said power I/O strip that processes signals other than processing signals on said conductor.

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