Joint sizing and adaptive independent gate control for FinFET circuits operating in multiple voltage regimes using the logical effort method

Xue Lin, Yanzhi Wang, Massoud Pedram
2013 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD)  
FinFET has been proposed as an alternative for bulk CMOS in current and future technology nodes due to more effective channel control, reduced random dopant fluctuation, high ON/OFF current ratio, lower energy consumption, etc. Key characteristics of FinFET operating in the sub/near-threshold region are very different from those in the strong-inversion region. This paper first introduces an analytical transregional FinFET model with high accuracy in both sub-and near-threshold regimes. Next,
more » ... paper extends the well-known and widely-adopted logical effort delay calculation and optimization method to FinFET circuits operating in multiple voltage (sub/near/super-threshold) regimes. More specifically, a joint optimization of gate sizing and adaptive independent gate control is presented and solved in order to minimize the delay of FinFET circuits operating in multiple voltage regimes. Experimental results on a 32nm Predictive Technology Model for FinFET demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed logical effort-based delay optimization framework.
doi:10.1109/iccad.2013.6691155 dblp:conf/iccad/LinWP13 fatcat:lqepokkfu5fw5opsdk4k6o2c3y