Accession Number:

ADA499474

Title:

Memory-Based Structured Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) Study

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 3 Jul 2007-30 Sep 2008

Corporate Author:

NOTRE DAME UNIV IN

Report Date:

2008-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

58.0

Abstract:

According to the ITRS roadmap, 70 percent of the area of a typical ASIC today is memory and this increases to over 90 percent by the end of the roadmap. Yet despite the fact that ASICs are becoming more memory-intensive, commodity memory and ASIC design and manufacturing technologies are still on divergent paths. In this report, we examine methodologies for the design of Memory-Based Structured ASICs SASICs that include large amounts of dense, on-chip memory, as well as multiple processing cores, networks-on-chip, and IO modules. We investigate regular fabrics as a means for designing logic circuitry compatible with the lithographic constraints imposed by the memory array for subwavelength geometries. We also develop midrange and high-level tools for exploring tradeoffs in power, area, and timing of complex, multicore SASICs. The report concludes with recommendations for follow-on work in the area of patterned ASICs.

Subject Categories:

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE