The Design of High-Performance Microprocessors at Digital

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The Design of High-Performance Microprocessors at Digital
Today's high-performance single-chip CMOS microprocessors are the most complex and challenging chip designs ever implemented. To stay on the leading edge, Digital's microprocessor designers strive for global optimizations across the design space, develop innovative highspeed custom circuit design techniques, and use state-of-the-art manufacturing technology for fabrication. With microprocessor performance increasing at a rate of 50% per year, quick time-to-market is crucial. Logic and circuit bugs that would prevent first-pass silicon from booting the operating system must be eliminated before tape out if unacceptable schedules delays are to be avoided. Quick time-to-market is achieved by: fostering good design practice through the use of a consistent methodology and detailed design reviews; accounting for manufacturing variations and long-term reliability concerns from the start of the design; and subjecting the chip models to rigorous logical and electrical verification pri...
Thomas F. Fox
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Type Conference
Year 1994
Where DAC
Authors Thomas F. Fox
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