Yield Enhancement of Asynchronous Logic Circuits through 3-Dimensional Integration Technology

Song Peng and Rajit Manohar

This paper presents a systematic design for yield enhancement of asynchronous logic circuits using 3-D (3- Dimensional) integration technology. In this design, the target asynchronous circuits on one planar device layer which is fabricated with aggressive technology, are built on fault tolerant graph models with extra spare resources, and can be reconfigured by autonomous reconfiguration logic on another planar device layer which is fabricated with conservative technology, in the presence of hard errors. The yield analysis shows that this method can result in 20-30% overall yield enhancement. This method can be conveniently applied to clocked designs without significant changes.
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