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A multi-radix approach to asynchronous division

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2 Author(s)
Cornetta, G. ; Dept. of Comput. Archit., Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain ; Cortadella, J.

The speed of high-radix digit-recurrence dividers is mainly determined by the hardware complexity of the quotient-digit selection function. In this paper we present a scheme that combines the area efficiency of bundled data with data-dependent computation time. In this scheme the selection function is very simple and may be implemented using a fast adder This function speculates the result digit and, when the speculation is incorrect, a correction of the quotient and of the residual must be performed. When the residual satisfies some constraints it is also possible to switch to a higher radix, computing a fraction of the next digit in advance. This results in a division scheme with a variable iteration time and a variable number of iterations and hence with an asynchronous behaviour Several designs were realized and compared both in terms of execution time and area. The fastest unit considered is a radix-64 divider that may switch to radix 128 or 256. Our evaluations show that area × delay savings from 25% to 65%, compared to equivalent synchronous designs, may be achieved

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Asynchronus Circuits and Systems, 2001. ASYNC 2001. Seventh International Symposium on

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2001

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