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An asynchronous low-power 80C51 microcontroller

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6 Author(s)
van Gageldonk, H. ; Eindhoven Univ. of Technol., Netherlands ; van Berkel, K. ; Peeters, A. ; Baumann, D.
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This paper presents a low-power asynchronous implementation of the 80C51 microcontroller. It was realized in a 0.5 μ CMOS process and it shows a power advantage of a factor 4 compared to a recent synchronous implementation in the same technology. The chip is fully bit compatible with the synchronous implementation, and timing compatible for external memory access. The circuit is a compiled VLSI-program, using Tangram as VLSI-programming language and the Tangram tool-set to compile the design automatically to a standard-cell netlist. This design approach proves to be powerful enough to describe the microcontroller and derive an efficient implementation. Further, it offers the designer the possibility to explore various alternatives in the design space

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Advanced Research in Asynchronous Circuits and Systems, 1998. Proceedings. 1998 Fourth International Symposium on

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30 Mar-2 Apr 1998