William W. Walker

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This paper evaluates and compares different clock architectures such as mesh, tree and their hybrids, on several industrial designs. The goal of our study is to gain a quantitative understanding of engineering trade-offs between different architectures with respect to clock skew, latency, timing uncertainty, and power. This understanding will lead to(More)
Mesh architectures are used for distributing critical global signals on a chip such as clock and power/ground. The inherent redundancy created by loops present in the mesh smooths out undesirable variations between signal nodes spatially distributed over the chip. However, one outstanding problem with mesh architectures is the difficulty in analyzing them(More)
—This paper describes the modeling of jitter in clock-and-data recovery (CDR) systems using an event-driven model that accurately includes the effects of power-supply noise, the finite bandwidth (aperture window) in the phase detector's front-end sampler, and intersymbol interference in the system's channel. These continuous-time jitter sources are captured(More)