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A modular 3d processor for flexible product design and technology migration

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A modular 3d processor for flexible product design and technology migration
The current methodology used in mass-market processor design is to create a single base microarchitecture (e.g., Intel's "Core"or AMD's"K8") that is used throughout all of the PC market segments from laptops to servers. To differentiate the products, manufacturers rely on speed binning, different cache sizes, and varying the number of cores. In this paper, we propose using 3D integration to provide a new, but complementary, approach to providing product differentiation. Past research on using 3D to improve performance has focused on the construction of "fully 3D" circuits where functional blocks are partitioned across two or more layers. This approach forces one of two undesirable situations: (1) all products must be implemented in, and therefore pay the cost of, 3D or (2) a 3D-implemented processor is designed for the high-end/high-performance markets and a separate 2D microarchitecture must be designed for the lower-cost markets thereby incurr...
Gabriel H. Loh
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Year 2008
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