Abstract: In Nanometer regime, process variation and circuit aging cause remarkable and unnecessary and ambiguous circuit system characteristics and the resultant effects on the system design remains a great challenge to the designers. Even though the Guard band design can provide a little protection against these effects yet creates an increased design issues. Hence there is a strong need to equip circuits with the capability of tuning themselves and thereby compensating the variations with a proposed adaptive nature. This work is an effort towards supply voltage adaptation for variation resilience in VLSI interconnects. The main idea is a boostable repeater design that can transiently and autonomously raise its internal voltage rail to boost switching speed. The boosting can be turned on/off to compensate variations. The boostable repeater design achieves fine-grained voltage adaptation without stand-alone voltage regulators or an additional power grid. Since interconnect is a widely recognized cause of bottleneck in chip performance, and tremendous repeaters are employed on chip designs, boostable repeater has plenty of chances to improve system robustness.

Keywords: Interconnects, Process variations, switching time.

PDF | DOI: 10.17148/IJARCCE.2022.111203

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