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Globally asynchronous locally synchronous (GALS) design has attracted intensive research attention during the last decade. Among the existing GALS design solutions, the pausible clocking scheme presents an elegant solution to address the cross-clock synchronization issues with low hardware overhead. This work explored the applications of pausible clocking scheme for area/power efficient GALS design. To alleviate the challenge of timing convergence at the system level, area and power balanced system partitioning was applied for GALS design. An optimized GALS design flow based on the pausible clocking scheme was further proposed. As a practical example, a synchronous/GALS OFDM baseband transmitter chip, named Moonrake, was then designed and fabricated using the 40-nm CMOS process. It is shown that, compared to the synchronous baseline design, 5% reduction in area and 6% saving in power can be achieved in the GALS counterpart.
Date of Conference: 12-16 March 2012