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Low-overhead design technique for calibration of maximum frequency at multiple operating points

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Low-overhead design technique for calibration of maximum frequency at multiple operating points
— Determination of maximum operating frequencies (Fmax) during manufacturing test at different operating voltages is required to: (a) to ensure that, for a Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling (DVFS) system, the adaptation hardware actually applies the correct operating frequency corresponding to a scaled supply and (b) to sort chips in different voltagefrequency (V-Fmax)bins, so that chips at different bins can be used for different applications. Existing speed binning approach requires extensive delay testing at all operating points with all possible frequencies, which increases test cost and test time significantly. In this paper, we propose a low-overhead solution for characterizing Fmax of a circuit at different operating voltages that can eliminate the complex and expensive Fmax calibration at multiple voltage points. The basic idea is to choose a small set of representative paths in a circuit based on their voltage sensitivity and dynamically configuring them into ring oscill...
Somnath Paul, Sivasubramaniam Krishnamurthy, Hamid
Added 16 Mar 2010
Updated 16 Mar 2010
Type Conference
Year 2007
Where ICCAD
Authors Somnath Paul, Sivasubramaniam Krishnamurthy, Hamid Mahmoodi, Swarup Bhunia
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