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Title: High performance IC clock networks with grid and tree topologies
Authors: Lu, Jianchao
Keywords: Electric engineering;Integrated circuits;Timing circuits
Issue Date: 11-Jul-2011
Abstract: In this dissertation, an essential step in the integrated circuit (IC) physical design flow—the clock network design—is investigated. Clock network design entails a series of computationally intensive, large-scale design and optimization tasks for the generation and distribution of the clock signal through different topologies. The lack or inefficacy of the automation for implementing high performance clock networks, especially for low-power, high speed and variation-aware implementations, is the main driver for this research. The synthesis and optimization methods for the two most commonly used clock topologies in IC design—the grid topology and the tree topology—are primarily investigated. The clock mesh network, which uses the grid topology, has very low skew variation at the cost of high power dissipation. Two novel clock mesh network design methodologies are proposed in this dissertation in order to reduce the power dissipation. These are the first methods known in literature that combine clock mesh synthesis with incremental register placement and clock gating for power saving purposes. The application of the proposed automation methods on the emerging resonant rotary clocking technology, which also has the grid topology, is investigated in this dissertation as well. The clock tree topology has the advantage of lower power dissipation compared to other traditional clock topologies (e.g. clock mesh, clock spine, clock tree with cross links) at the cost of increased performance degradation due to on-chip variations. A novel clock tree buffer polarity assignment flow is proposed in this dissertation in order to reduce these effects of on-chip variations on the clock tree topology. The proposed polarity assignment flow is the first work that introduces post-silicon, dynamic reconfigurability for polarity assignment, enabling clock gating for low power operation of the variation-tolerant clock tree networks.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3526
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