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Low-Power Low-Voltage Hot-Spot Tolerant Clocking with Suppressed Skew

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Low-Power Low-Voltage Hot-Spot Tolerant Clocking with Suppressed Skew
— A methodology based on supply voltage optimization for lowering the power consumption and temperature fluctuations induced skew of clock distribution networks is proposed in this paper. The clock signal is distributed globally at a lower optimum supply voltage. To maintain the speed of the system, a dual supply voltage (dual-VDD) clock distribution network is presented. Level converters are utilized to restore the standard full swing clock signal at the leaves of the low voltage clock distribution network. A novel level converter with low skew, propagation delay, and power consumption characteristics is presented. The optimum supply voltage that minimizes clock skew is 44% lower than the nominal supply voltage in a 0.18µm CMOS technology. The temperature fluctuations induced skew and power consumption of the proposed dual-VDD clock distribution network are 74% and 50.8% lower, respectively, as compared to a standard clock distribution network operating at the nominal supply voltag...
Sherif A. Tawfik, Volkan Kursun
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where ISCAS
Authors Sherif A. Tawfik, Volkan Kursun
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