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Chien-In Henry Chen ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Wright State Univ., Dayton, OH, USA ; Kumar, A.

A previous paper by Wei and Thompson (1990) defined a family of adders based on a modular design and presented an excellent systematic method of implementing a VLSI parallel adder using three types of component cells designed in static CMOS. Their approach to the adder design was based on the optimization of a formulated dynamic programming problem with respect to area and time. The authors first explicitly demonstrate the optimal 32-bit fast carry generator, described by Wei and Thompson, is incorrect. With suitable corrections, a correct 32-bit fast carry generator design is then presented. Next, BiCMOS technology is applied to implement the subcircuit of fast carry generator to accelerate the critical path. The authors show that the critical path delay of 16-bit, 32-bit and 66-bit adders is respectively shortened to 83.89%, 86.89% and 90.62% after introducing the BiCMOS drivers.<>

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Computers, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:43 ,  Issue: 4 )