Synthesis of all-digital delay lines
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The synthesis of delay lines (DLs) is a core task during the generation of matched delays, ring oscillator clocks or delay monitors. The main figure of merit of a DL is the fidelity to track variability. Unfortunately, complex systems have a great diversity of timing paths that exhibit different sensitivities to static and dynamic variations. Designing DLs that capture this diversity is an ardous task. This paper proposes an algorithmic approach for the synthesis of DLs that can be integrated in a conventional design flow. The algorithm uses heuristics to perform a combinatorial search in a vast space of solutions that combine different types of gates and wire lengths. The synthesized DLs are (1) all digital, i.e., built of conventional standard cells, (2) accurate in tracking variability and (3) configurable at runtime. Experimental results with a commercial standard cell library confirm the quality of the DLs that only exhibit delay mismatches of about 1% on average over all PVT corners.
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CitationMoreno, A., Cortadella, J. Synthesis of all-digital delay lines. A: IEEE International Symposium on Asynchronous Circuits and Systems. "23rd International Symposium on Asynchronous Circuits and Systems". Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2017, p. 75-82.
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