Design and Simulation of a Programmable Memory/Multiplier Array Using G4-FET Technology
Final rept. Nov 2006-Feb 2007
NOTRE DAME UNIV IN OFFICE OF RESEARCH
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Field-programmable and mask-programmable gate arrays can greatly reduce the non-recurring costs of ASIC development by reusing both masks and physical design effort across many designs. The downside of gate arrays is that they result in suboptimal implementations in terms of area, speed, and power. In addition, there is very little flexibility in converting logic to memory or vice versa, a problem of increasing importance as memory-intensive applications gain in importance. To address these issues, we have investigated the design of a novel gate array structare based on G4-FET devices, which combine SOI CMOS and JFET technologies, and that can be biased to function as either a not-majority logic gate, a routermultiplexer, or as a DRAM cell. To demonstrate the potential of G4-FETs for gate arrays, we have designed a memorymultiplexer array that consists of an array of configurable cells built from G4-FETs and a mask-configurable interconnect that may serve as either a multiply-accumulate circuit or as a memory array.
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