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This work investigates the single electron tunneling (SET) technology-based computation of basic addition related arithmetic functions, e.g., addition and multiplication, via a novel computation paradigm, which we refer to as electron counting arithmetic, that is based on controlling the transport of discrete quantities of electrons within the SET circuit. First, assuming that the number of controllable electrons within the system is unrestricted, we prove that the addition of two n-bit operands can be computed with a depth-2 network composed out of 3n+1 circuit elements and that the multiplication of two n-bit operands can be computed with a depth-3 network composed out of 4n-1 circuit elements. Second, assuming that the number of controllable electrons cannot be higher than a given constant r determined by practical limitations, we prove that the addition of two n-bit operands can be computed with a depth-(n/r+3) network composed out of 3n+1+n/r circuit elements. Under the same restriction, we suggest methods to reduce the addition network depth in the order of logn/r and to perform n-bit multiplication in an O(logn/r) delay. Finally, we propose SET-based implementations for a set of basic electron counting building blocks and implement a number of circuits operating under the electron counting paradigm as follows: 4-bit digital to analog converter, 5-bit analog to digital converter, 4-bit adder, and 3-bit multiplier. All proposed implementations are verified by means of simulation.
Date of Publication: March 2005