Resonant System Design with Coarse Grained Pipelines

Abstract

In this report, we present an efficient approach to resonant system design. Our approach involves the use of resonant clocks to drive level sensitive latches in pipelined datapaths. Through judicious design of these timing elements, the energy efficiency of resonant clocking can be obtained without performance penalties, while maintaining robust, race-free operation. Since our approach involves driving only the timing elements with resonant clocks and places no restrictions on the type of computational logic, the method can be used with existing static CMOS design flows. We describe our technique for two, three and four phase clock systems and present clock generation mechanisms. We also introduce the level-sensitive timing elements to be used with these clocks and discuss how they are introduced into a datapath.

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@inproceedings{SatheResonantSD, title={Resonant System Design with Coarse Grained Pipelines}, author={Visvesh S. Sathe and Marios C. Papaefthymiou} }