This paper presents a novel enumerative approach, with provable and efficient pruning techniques, for dual threshold voltage (Vt) assignment at the transistor level. Since the use of low Vt may entail a substantial increase in leakage power, we formulate the problem as one of combined optimization for leakage-delay tradeoffs under Vt optimization and sizing. Based on an analysis of the effects of these two transforms on the delay and leakage, we justify a two-step procedure for performing this optimization. Results are presented on the ISCAS85 benchmark suite favorably comparing our approach with an existing sensitivity-based optimizer.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, Digest of Technical Papers|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2002|