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In this paper, we present the design of a 32-b arithmetic and log unit (ALU) that allows low-power operation while supporting a design-for-test (DFT) scheme for delay-fault testability. The low-power techniques allow for 18% reduction in ALU total energy for 180-nm bulk CMOS technology with minimal performance degradation. In addition, there is a 22% reduction in standby mode leakage power and 23% lower peak current demand. In the test mode, we employ a built-in DFT scheme that can detect delay faults while reducing the test-mode automatic test equipment clock frequency.
Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:13 , Issue: 11 )
Date of Publication: Nov. 2005