Ultra Low Power Delay Element with Post-Chip Adjustable Ability

Jung-Lin YANG  Chih-Wei CHAO  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E92-A   No.12   pp.3381-3389
Publication Date: 2009/12/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1587/transfun.E92.A.3381
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: VLSI Design Technology and CAD
Keyword: 
asynchronous circuits,  bundled-data,  delay-element,  self-timed,  low power,  

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Summary: 
Our paper proposes a low power delay element with many other valuable characteristics for asynchronous circuits in the bundled-data implementation. Delay elements are frequently utilized to interact with asynchronous environment for revealing the current status of the bundled-data asynchronous circuits. Thus, a notable portion of the total energy is consumed by the delay elements for this kind of designs. Moreover, constructing a specific delay on a chip is a difficult task for recent CMOS technology. An extreme low power asymmetrical delay element with post-chip adjustment feature was developed mainly for solving these issues. Our initial intention was to develop a programmable delay element for asynchronous data path components. The proposed delay element is also suitable for many other applications requiring low power constraint. In addition to the programmability, the delay element also demonstrated efficiently characteristics such as good tolerance to process and temperature variations on the delay. Our delay element is equivalent to approximately the average power of a 4-stage inverter chain. A large delay can be obtained by cascaded scheme with nearly zero handshaking overhead. All arguments were cautiously verified by the post-layout simulation setup using TSMC 0.35 µm and 0.18 µm technologies under all extreme corners.