New Logic Synthesis as Nanotechnology Enabler

Luca Amaru, Pierre-Emmanuel Gaillardon, Subhasish Mitra, Giovanni De Micheli
2015 Proceedings of the IEEE  
This paper investigates the relation between logic synthesis and emerging nanotechnologies, and shows how new logic synthesis techniques can enable the identification of the full potential of a given nanotechnology. ABSTRACT | Nanoelectronics comprises a variety of devices whose electrical properties are more complex as compared to CMOS, thus enabling new computational paradigms. The potentially large space for innovation has to be explored in the search for technologies that can support
more » ... can support large-scale and highperformance circuit design. Within this space, we analyze a set of emerging technologies characterized by a similar computational abstraction at the design level, i.e., a binary comparator or a majority voter. We demonstrate that new logic synthesis techniques, natively supporting this abstraction, are the technology enablers. We describe models and data-structures for logic design using emerging technologies and we show results of applying new synthesis algorithms and tools. We conclude that new logic synthesis methods are required to both evaluate emerging technologies and to achieve the best results in terms of area, power and performance. KEYWORDS | Beyond-complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS); CAD for nanotechnology; CMOS; emerging devices; enhanced functionality; logic expressive power; logic synthesis; nanotechnology S. Mitra is with the Electrical Engineering and
doi:10.1109/jproc.2015.2460377 fatcat:kakxk5w5q5bjlfgwirfyjnglwq