Impact of 3D IC on NoC Topologies: A Wire Delay Consideration

Mohamad Hairol Jabbar, Dominique Houzet, Omar Hammami
2013 2013 Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design  
In this paper, we perform an exploration of 3D NoC architectures through physical design implementation based on two tiers Tezzaron 3D technology. The 3D NoC partitioning is done by dividing the NoC's datapath component into two blocks placed in the two tiers. Two Stacked NoC architectures namely Stacked 3D-Mesh NoC and Stacked 2D-Hexagonal NoC developed based on this partitioning strategy are analyzed by comparing their performances with Stacked 2D-Mesh NoC and classical 2D-Mesh and 3D-Mesh
more » ... . In order to measure the impact of wire delay on performance, two technology libraries (130 nm and 45 nm) representing old and advanced technologies have been used for the performance analysis. Results from physical implementations show that in advanced technologies such as 45 nm and below, the performance of Stacked 2D NoC topologies with datapath partitioning method have better performances compared with traditional 2D/3D Mesh topologies and Stacked 3D Mesh topology. We advocate here that with stacking there is no need for 3D NoC topologies for advanced 2-tier 3D IC and this is also confirmed for multistage networks like butterfly.
doi:10.1109/dsd.2013.135 dblp:conf/dsd/JabbarHH13 fatcat:tdyicb5ggneole7c6aeeinjanm