Date of Graduation
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (PhD)
Computer Science & Computer Engineering
James P. Parkerson
Second Committee Member
Dale R. Thompson
Third Committee Member
Applied sciences; Asynchronous; Integrated circuit; Low power; Microcontroller; Msp430; Mtncl
This dissertation presents the design of the most complex MTNCL circuit to date. A fully functional MTNCL MSP430 microcontroller is designed and benchmarked against an open source synchronous MSP430. The designs are compared in terms of area, active energy, and leakage energy. Techniques to reduce MTNCL pipeline activity and improve MTNCL register file area and power consumption are introduced. The results show the MTNCL design to have superior leakage power characteristics. The area and active energy comparisons highlight the need for better MTNCL logic synthesis techniques.
Hinds, Michael, "Design and Analysis of an Asynchronous Microcontroller" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 1664.