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A Novel Variation-Tolerant Keeper Architecture for High-Performance Low-Power Wide Fan-In Dynamic or Gates

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A Novel Variation-Tolerant Keeper Architecture for High-Performance Low-Power Wide Fan-In Dynamic or Gates
Dynamic gates have been excellent choice in the design of high-performance modules in modern microprocessors. The only limitation of dynamic gates is their relatively low noise margin compared to that of standard CMOS gates. Traditionally, this issue has been resolved by employing a pMOS keeper circuit that compensates for leakage current of the pull-down nMOS network. In the earlier technology nodes, the keeper circuit could improve reliability of the dynamic gates with minor performance penalty. However, aggressive scaling trends of CMOS technology along with increasing levels of process variations have reduced effectiveness of the traditional keeper approach. This is because to maintain an acceptable noise margin level in deep sub-100 nm technologies, large pMOS keepers must be employed, which generates substantial contention between the keeper and the pull-down network, and hence results in severe loss of performance and high power consumption. This problem is more severe in wide f...
Hamed F. Dadgour, Kaustav Banerjee
Added 22 May 2011
Updated 22 May 2011
Type Journal
Year 2010
Where TVLSI
Authors Hamed F. Dadgour, Kaustav Banerjee
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