A robust asynchronous approach for realizing ultra-low power digital Self-Adaptive VDD Scaling system
Chang, Joseph Sylvester
Gwee, Bah Hwee
Date of Issue2012
IEEE Subthreshold Microelectronics Conference (2012 : Waltham, US)
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Self-Adaptive VDD Scaling (SAVS) technique achieves power/energy reduction by dynamically scaling VDD for the prevailing conditions. However, when applied in sub-threshold (sub-Vt) region, robustness issues need to be addressed due to the severe delay uncertainty associated with sub-Vt Process, Voltage, and Temperature (PVT) variations. To ensure robustness for sub-Vt SAVS, we adopt the asynchronous-logic (async) Quasi-Delay-Insensitive (QDI) approach. To address the usual power/energy overheads associated with conventional async QDI systems, we further propose a hardware-simplified version of QDI (`pseudo-QDI') with an easy-to-met implicit timing. Prototype ICs embodying async filter banks realized in both the conventional QDI and pseudo-QDI have demonstrated the extreme robustness of the proposed approach against sub-Vt PVT variations. Measurement results further suggest pseudo-QDI's energy (~40% lower) and area (~1.34× smaller) advantages as compared to its conventional QDI counterpart.
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