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Low power circuit design based on heterojunction tunneling transistors (HETTs)

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Low power circuit design based on heterojunction tunneling transistors (HETTs)
The theoretical lower limit of subthreshold swing in MOSFETs (60 mV/decade) significantly restricts low voltage operation since it results in a low ON to OFF current ratio at low supply voltages. This paper investigates extremely-low power circuits based on new Si/SiGe HEterojunction Tunneling Transistors (HETTs) that have subthreshold swing < 60 mV/decade. Device characteristics as determined through Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD) tools are used to develop a Verilog-A device model to simulate and evaluate a range of HETT-based circuits. We show that a HETT-based ring oscillator (RO) shows a 9−19X reduction in dynamic power compared to a CMOS RO. We also explore two key differences between HETTs and traditional MOSFETs, namely asymmetric current flow and increased Miller capacitance, analyzing their effect on circuit behavior and proposing methods to address them. Finally, HETT characteristics have the most dramatic impact on SRAM operation and hence we propose a novel 7...
Daeyeon Kim, Yoonmyung Lee, Jin Cai, Isaac Lauer,
Added 28 May 2010
Updated 28 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where ISLPED
Authors Daeyeon Kim, Yoonmyung Lee, Jin Cai, Isaac Lauer, Leland Chang, Steven J. Koester, Dennis Sylvester, David Blaauw
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