Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)
Scott C. Smith
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Applied sciences; Asynchronous circuits; Bit-wise ncl; Bolean to mtncl; Cad tool design; Mtncl; Ncl
This thesis presents an implementation of a method developed to readily convert Boolean designs into an ultra-low power asynchronous design methodology called MTNCL, which combines multi-threshold CMOS (MTCMOS) with NULL Convention Logic (NCL) systems. MTNCL provides the leakage power advantages of an all high-Vt implementation with a reasonable speed penalty compared to the all low-Vt implementation, and has negligible area overhead. The proposed tool utilizes industry-standard CAD tools. This research also presents an Automated Gate-Level Pipelining with Bit-Wise Completion (AGLPBW) method to maximize throughput of delay-insensitive full-word pipelined NCL circuits. These methods have been integrated into the Mentor Graphics and Synopsis CAD tools, using a C-program, which performs the majority of the computations, such that the method can be easily ported to other CAD tool suites. Both methods have been successfully tested on circuits, including a 4-bit × 4-bit multiplier, an unsigned Booth2 multiplier, and a 4-bit/8-operation arithmetic logic unit (ALU)
Pillai, Vijay Mani, "CAD Tool Design for NCL and MTNCL Asynchronous Circuits" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 829.