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Increasing Microprocessor Speed by Massive Application of On-Die High-K MIM Decoupling Capacitors

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11 Author(s)
H. Sanchez ; Freescale Semicond., Austin, TX ; B. Johnstone ; D. Roberts ; O. Mandhana
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A 90nm SOI microprocessor with massive application of high-k MIM decoupling capacitor modules is proven to increase the maximum frequency of the processor by close to 10%. Simulations predict reduced power supply noise leading to improvements in Fmax by close to the equivalent of a transistor node increase. Simulations of applying MIM decoupling capacitors to high-speed I/O and PLL circuits show that they can further enhance performance and area requirements for these critical circuits in advanced technologies

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2006 IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference - Digest of Technical Papers

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6-9 Feb. 2006