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Performance Limitation of On-Chip Global Interconnects for High-Speed Signaling
Akira TSUCHIYA Masanori HASHIMOTO Hidetoshi ONODERA
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences
Publication Date: 2005/04/01
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Selected Papers from the 17th Workshop on Circuits and Systems in Karuizawa)
global interconnect, high-speed signaling, performance limitation,
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This paper discusses performance limitation of on-chip interconnects. On-chip global interconnects are considered to be a bottleneck of high-performance LSIs. To overcome this issue, high-speed signaling and large throughput interconnection using electrical wires have been studied. However the limitation of on-chip interconnects has not been examined sufficiently. This paper reveals the maximum performance of on-chip global interconnects based on derived analytic expressions and detailed circuit simulation. We derive trade-off curves among bit rate, interconnect length, and eye opening both for single-end and for differential signaling. The results show that differential signaling improves signaling performance several times compared with conventional single-end signaling, and demonstrate that 80 Gbps differential signaling on 10 mm interconnects is promising.