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Device optimization for ultra-low power digital sub-threshold operation

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3 Author(s)
Paul, B.C. ; Sch. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN, USA ; Raychowdhury, A. ; Roy, K.

Digital circuits operated in the sub-threshold region (supply voltage less than the transistor threshold voltage) can have orders of magnitude power advantage over standard CMOS circuits for applications requiring ultra-low power and medium frequency of operation. It is possible to implement sub-threshold logic circuits using the standard transistors that are designed primarily for ultra high performance super-threshold logic design. However, a Si MOSFET so optimized for performance in the super-threshold regime is not the best device to use in the sub-threshold domain. In this paper, we propose device designs apt for sub-threshold operation. Results show that the optimized device improves the delay and power delay product (PDP) of an inverter chain by 44% and 51%, respectively, over the normal super-threshold device operated in the sub-threshold region.

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Low Power Electronics and Design, 2004. ISLPED '04. Proceedings of the 2004 International Symposium on

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9-11 Aug. 2004