Karthik Duraisami

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The thermal gradients existing in high-performance circuits may significantly affect their timing behavior, in particular by increasing the skew of the clock net and/or altering hold/setup constraints, possibly causing the circuit to operate incorrectly. The knowledge of the spatial distribution of temperature can be used to properly design a clock network(More)
The existence of non-uniform thermal gradients on the substrate in high performance IC's can significantly impact the performance of global on-chip interconnects. This issue is further exacerbated by the aggressive scaling and other factors such as dynamic power management schemes and non-uniform gate level switching activity. In high-performance systems,(More)
We present a low-overhead solution to tackle the delay increase caused by Negative Bias Temperature Instability (NBTI), which has emerged as the most critical reliability issue in sub-90nm technology nodes. The proposed solution consists of using special type of registers, called soft-edge flip-flops (SEFFs), which allow to compensate for the delay(More)
Thermal gradients across the die are becoming increasingly prominent as we scale further down into the sub-nanometer regime. While temperature was never a primary concern, its non-negligible impact on delay and reliability is getting significant attention lately. One of the principal factors affecting designs today is timing criticality, which, in today's(More)
Pulse-encoded buses, (i.e., in which a transition is encoded as a pulse) have recently emerged as an effective solution to solve crosstalk issues in global interconnects, since they suppress transitions in opposite directions by construction. As a side effect, this also reduces energy, since coupling capacitances in deep-submicron technologies are larger(More)
High performance VLSI designs require strict control over clock skew since skew directly impacts the cycle time calculation. For nano-meter CMOS designs, clock-skew and signal integrity are tremendously affected by process and temperature variations. A successful high performance VLSI design should not only aim to minimize the clock skew, but also control(More)
Enabled by technology scaling, ultra low-voltage de-1.OE+06 vices have now found wide application in modern VLSI circuits. While low-voltage implies reduced dynamic power, it also signifies 1.OE+05 increased leakage power, as lower supply voltages are usually paired with lower threshold voltages in order to preserve circuit 1.OE+04 speed. This originates an(More)
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