Power and area efficient clock stretching and critical path reshaping for error resilience

Mini Jayakrishnan, Alan Chang, Tae Hyoung Kim
2016 2016 IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI-SoC)  
Energy efficient semiconductor chips are in high demand to cater the needs of today's smart products. Advanced technology nodes insert high design margins to deal with rising variations at the cost of power, area and performance. Existing run time resilience techniques are not cost effective due to the additional circuits involved. In this paper, we propose a design time resilience technique using a clock stretched flip-flop to redistribute the available slack in the processor pipeline to the
more » ... itical paths. We use the opportunistic slack to redesign the critical fan in logic using logic reshaping, better than worst case sigma corner libraries and multi-bit flip-flops to achieve power and area savings. Experimental results prove that we can tune the logic and the library to get significant power and area savings of 69% and 15% in the execute pipeline stage of the processor compared to the traditional worst-case design. Whereas, existing run time resilience hardware results in 36% and 2% power and area overhead respectively.
doi:10.1109/vlsi-soc.2016.7753570 dblp:conf/vlsi/JayakrishnanCK16 fatcat:zsq26ctmwjeetalfsdjjf2iuhm