By Topic

Circuit design techniques for the high-performance CMOS IBM S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server G4 microprocessor

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.

Formats Non-Member Member
$33 $33
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

11 Author(s)
L. Sigal ; IBM Research Division, Thomas J. Watson Research Center, P.O. Box 218, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598, USA ; J. D. Warnock ; B. W. Curran ; Y. H. Chan
more authors

This paper describes the circuit design techniques used for the IBM S/390® Parallel Enterprise Server G4 microprocessor to achieve operation up to 400 MHz. A judicious choice of process technology and concurrent top-down and bottom-up design approaches reduced risk and shortened the design time. The use of timing-driven synthesis/placement methodologies improved design turnaround time and chip timing. The combined use of static, dynamic, and self-resetting CMOS (SRCMOS) circuits facilitated the balancing of design time and performance return. The use of robust PLL design, floorplanning, and clock distribution minimized clock skew. Innovative latch designs permitted performance optimization without adding risk. Microarchitecture optimization and circuit innovations improved the performance of timing-critical macros. Full custom array design with extensive use of SRCMOS circuit techniques resulted in an on-chip L1 cache having 2.0-ns cycle time.

Note: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Incorporated is distributing this Article with permission of the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) who is the exclusive owner. The recipient of this Article may not assign, sublicense, lease, rent or otherwise transfer, reproduce, prepare derivative works, publicly display or perform, or distribute the Article.  

Published in:

IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 4.5 )