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Low-Power Rotary Clock Array Design

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2 Author(s)
Zhengtao Yu ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC ; Xun Liu

Rotary clock is a recently proposed clock distribution technique based on wave propagation in transmission lines. In this paper, we investigate the problem of power minimization of rotary clock designs. Specifically, we have developed a software tool based on the method of partial element equivalent circuit that is capable of extracting the SPICE netlist from the layout specification of a rotary clock design. Using our tool, we have performed extensive analysis that links various design parameters of a rotary clock design to its oscillation frequency and power dissipation. Based on the results of our analysis, we then propose a power minimization algorithm. Our algorithm derives a rotary clock structure that dissipates the minimal power while satisfying the clock dimension requirement and oscillating at the target frequency with the given clock load. Experimental results have demonstrated that, for target operating frequencies ranging from 0.5 to 5 GHz, rotary clock designs can achieve power savings of up to 80% in comparison with conventional clock tree implementations

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IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 1 )