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The design of a low power asynchronous multiplier

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2 Author(s)
Yijun Liu ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Manchester Univ., UK ; S. Furber

In this paper we investigate the statistics of multiplier operands and identify two characteristics of their distribution that have important consequences for the design of low power multipliers: most inputs are positive, and most inputs have a small number of significant bits. These characteristics are exploited in the design of a multiplier that employs three techniques to minimize power consumption: asynchronous control, a radix-2 algorithm, and split registers. The power savings resulting from the use of these techniques are 55%, 23% and 12% respectively when compared to a synchronous multiplier using a radix-4 modified Booth's algorithm with unified registers. The results are derived from HSPICE simulations using input vectors from benchmark programs. A high-level software model is also used to compare the numbers of transitions in the various models.

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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