Fault-tolerant 3D clock network

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Fault-tolerant 3D clock network
Clock tree synthesis is one of the most important and challenging problems in 3D ICs. The clock signals have to be delivered by through-silicon vias (TSVs) to different tiers with minimum skew and latency. While there are a few related works in literature, none of them considers the reliability of TSVs. Accordingly, the failure of any TSV in the clock tree yields a bad chip. The naive solution using double-TSV can alleviate the problem. But the significant area overhead renders it less practical for large designs. In this paper, we propose a novel TSV fault-tolerant unit (TFU) that can provide tolerance against TSV failures in a 3D clock network. It makes use of the existing 2D redundant trees designed for pre-bond testing, and thus has minimum area overhead. Compared to the double TSV technique, the 3D clock network constructed by our TFUs can achieve 61% area reduction with 3.9% yield rate improvement on an industrial case. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first ...
Chiao-Ling Lung, Yu-Shih Su, Shih-Hsiu Huang, Yiyu
Added 18 Dec 2011
Updated 18 Dec 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where DAC
Authors Chiao-Ling Lung, Yu-Shih Su, Shih-Hsiu Huang, Yiyu Shi, Shih-Chieh Chang
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