Quantum-Device-Oriented Multiple-Valued Logic System Based on a Super Pass Gate

Xiaowei DENG  Takahiro HANYU  Michitaka KAMEYAMA  

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IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E78-D   No.8   pp.951-958
Publication Date: 1995/08/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Computer Hardware and Design
Keyword: 
multiple-valued logic,  super pass gate,  logic design,  quantum devices,  super pass transistor model,  

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Summary: 
The investigation of device functions required from the systems point of view will be important for the development of the next generation of VLSI devices and systems. In this paper, a super pass transistor (SPT) model is presented as a quantum device candidate for future VLSI systems based on multiple-valued logic. A possible quantum device structure for the SPT model is also described, which employs the concepts of a lateral-resonant-tunneling quantum-dot transistor and a heterostructure field-effect transistor. Since it has the powerful capability of detecting multiple signal levels, the SPT will be useful for the implementation of highly compact multiple-valued VLSI systems. To exploit the functionality of the SPT, a super pass gate (SP-gate) corresponding to a single SPT is proposed as a multiple-valued universal logic module. The mathematical properties of the SP-gate are discussed. A design method for a multiple-valued SP-gate network is presented. An application of SP-gates to a multiple-valued image processing system is also demonstrated. The SP-gate network for the multiple-valued image processing system is evaluated in comparison with the corresponding NMOS implementation in terms of the number of transistors, interconnections and cascaded transistor stages. The size of a generalized series-parallel SP-gate network is also evaluated in comparison with a functionally equivalent multiple-valued series-parallel MOS pass transistor network. The results show that highly compact multiple-valued VLSI systems can be achieved if the SPT-model can be realized by an actual quantum device.