MOUSETRAP: High-Speed Transition-Signaling Asynchronous Pipelines

  title={MOUSETRAP: High-Speed Transition-Signaling Asynchronous Pipelines},
  author={Montek Singh and Steven M. Nowick},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems},
An asynchronous pipeline style is introduced for high-speed applications, called MOUSETRAP. The pipeline uses standard transparent latches and static logic in its datapath, and small latch controllers consisting of only a single gate per pipeline stage. This simple structure is combined with an efficient and highly-concurrent event-driven protocol between adjacent stages. Post-layout SPICE simulations of a ten-stage pipeline with a 4-bit wide datapath indicate throughputs of 2.1-2.4 GHz in a 0… CONTINUE READING

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