By Topic

High performance CMOS symmetric low swing to high swing converter for on-chip interconnects

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

The purchase and pricing options are temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.
3 Author(s)
Garcia, J.C. ; Inst. for Appl. Microelectron., Univ. of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas ; Montiel-Nelson, J.A. ; Nooshabadi, S.

This paper reports a symmetric high performance, low to full swing level converter (sib-driver) for recovering signal levels at the receiver end of the global interconnects with large capacitive loads. The proposed sib-driver provides a matching receiver for the up-down low swing voltage driver (UDLD) signaling style for driving the global interconnect lines. When implemented on 0.13 mum CMOS 1.2 V technology, the sib-driver performs 23% faster, and reduces the power delay product and energy delay product by 25.5%, (having similar active area, of 19.6 mum2), when compared with a counterpart up low swing voltage driver (ULD) level converter (lc-driver). This paper also proposes several other level converter receivers, each with different performance energy saving trade off. The paper also provides comparative performance evaluation of the various proposed level converters and lc-driver.

Published in:

Circuits and Systems, 2007. NEWCAS 2007. IEEE Northeast Workshop on

Date of Conference:

5-8 Aug. 2007