Choose-your-own-adventure routing: lightweight load-time defect avoidance

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Choose-your-own-adventure routing: lightweight load-time defect avoidance
Aggressive scaling increases the number of devices we can integrate per square millimeter but makes it increasingly difficult to guarantee that each device fabricated has the intended operational characteristics. Without careful mitigation, component yield rates will fall, potentially negating the economic benefits of scaling. The fine-grained reconfigurability inherent in FPGAs is a powerful tool that can allow us to drop the stringent requirement that every device be fabricated perfectly in order for a component to be useful. To exploit inherent FPGA reconfigurability while avoiding full CAD mapping, we propose lightweight techniques compatible with the current single bitstream model that can avoid defective devices, reducing yield loss at high defect rates. In particular, by embedding testing operations and alternative path configurations into the bitstream, each FPGA can avoid defects by making only simple, greedy decisions at bitstream load time. With 20% additional tracks a...
Raphael Rubin, André DeHon
Added 19 May 2010
Updated 19 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where FPGA
Authors Raphael Rubin, André DeHon
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