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Pre-bond testable low-power clock tree design for 3D stacked ICs

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4 Author(s)
Xin Zhao ; School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, U.S.A. ; Dean L. Lewis ; Hsien-Hsin S. Lee ; Sung Kyu Lim

Pre-bond testing of 3D stacked ICs involves testing individual dies before bonding. The overall yield of 3D ICs improves with pre-bond testability because designers can avoid stacking defective dies with good ones. However, pre-bond testability presents unique challenges to 3D clock tree design. First, each die needs a complete 2D clock tree for the pre-bond testing. In addition, the entire 3D stack needs a complete 3D clock tree for post-bond testing and normal operations. In the case of two-die stack, a straightforward solution is to have two complete 2D clock trees connected with a single Through-Silicon-Via (TSV). We show that this solution suffers from long wirelength and high clock power consumption. Instead, our algorithm minimizes the overall wirelength and clock power consumption while providing the pre-bond testability and post-bond operability under given skew and slew constraints. Compared with the single-TSV solution, SPICE simulation results show that our multi-TSV approach significantly reduces the clock power by up to 15.9% for two-die and 29.7% for four-die stack. In addition, the wirelength reduction is up to 24.4% and 42.0%.

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2009 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design - Digest of Technical Papers

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2-5 Nov. 2009