Dynamic circuit synthesis using the Owens tool set

Mary Jane Irwin, Rita Yu Chen

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This paper overviews the Owens CAD tool set developed at Penn State University and illustrates its ability to synthesize dynamic CMOS circuits. The CAD system includes: a cell compiler with transistor sizing and I/O direction annotation; a simulation tool based on the switch-level logic model; tools for multi-level logic optimization; and tools for format conversion which establish a connection with the netlist specification, truth tables, Boolean equations and VHDL. The Owens tool set is able to implement various CMOS structures such as static gates, dynamic gates and transmission gates. In particular, since it supports transistor sizing, it creates an efficient design environment for dynamic circuit implementation and optimization. To show this feature, this paper illustrates the application of the Owens tool set to the design of zipper CMOS adders and manchester carry chain adders which are typical dynamic circuits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-210
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the Annual IEEE International ASIC Conference and Exhibit
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 11th Annual IEEE International ASIC Conference - Rochester, NY, USA
Duration: Sep 13 1998Sep 16 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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