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Designing, packaging, and testing a 300-MHz, 115 W ECL microprocessor

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3 Author(s)
Jouppi, N.P. ; Western Res. Lab., Digital Equipment Corp., Palo Alto, CA, USA ; Boyle, P. ; Fitch, J.S.

A custom microprocessor implemented with 1-μm bipolar technology operates at 300 MHz and dissipates 115 W. By using full-custom ECL technology, we achieved clock rates three to six times faster than 1-μm CMOS processors. We designed this research prototype to develop VLSI ECL circuit techniques, a new style of CAD tools, high-performance chip interfaces, and advanced packaging techniques for high-power microprocessors.

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Micro, IEEE  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 2 )