On-chip bus thermal analysis and optimization

Feng Wang, Yuan Xie, Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, Mary Jane Irwin

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As technology scales, increasing clock rates, decreasing interconnect pitch, and the introduction of low-k dielectrics have made self-heating of the global interconnects an important issue in VLSI design. In this paper, we study the self-heating of on-chip buses and show that the thermal impact due to self-heating of onchip buses increases as technology scales, thus motivating the need of finding solutions to mitigate this effect. Based on the theoretical analysis, we propose an irredundant bus encoding scheme for on-chip buses to tackle the thermal issue. Simulation results show that our encoding scheme is very efficient to reduce the on-chip bus temperature rise over substrate temperature, with much less overhead compared to other low power encoding schemes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE'06
StatePublished - 2006
EventDesign, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE'06 - Munich, Germany
Duration: Mar 6 2006Mar 10 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings -Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE
ISSN (Print)1530-1591


OtherDesign, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE'06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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