A very important step in physical design cycle.
A poor placement requires larger area.
Also results in performance degradation.
It is the process of arranging a set of modules on
the layout surface.
Each module has fixed shape
Decomposition of a complex system into smaller
Each subsystem can be designed independently.
Decomposition scheme has to minimize the
interconnections between the subsystems.
Placement and Pin Assignment
A set of blocks, both fixed and flexible.
Area of the block Ai = wi x hi
Constraint on the shape of the block (rigid/flexible)
Pin locations of fixed blocks.