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Mehdi Sadi, Italo Armenti Design of a Near Threshold Low Power DLL for Multiphase Clock Generation and Frequency Multiplication

OutlineIntroduction and MotivationBackground Our Works and simulations Conclusions and Future Works

Introduction and MotivationDelay Locked Loops (DLL) are extensively used for multiphase clock generation in SoC and in clock and data recovery circuits. DLL`s counterpart Phase Locked Loops(PLL) suffer from instability due to PVT variation and noise. Very few researchers have looked into the effect of voltage scaling on DLL performance .

Design Challenges Design challenges when voltage supply is scaled downAppropriate device sizes in the critical path, Ensuring correct duty cycle at output frequency. Keeping static phase error within bounds.

Background (Mesgardazeh et. al) Possible to redesign with reduced components but same performance at operating frequency.

Block diagram

Phase DetectorC2MOS DFF with Reset option.Critical path devices are sized to ensure faster charging and discharging at the desired frequency range. Freq Minimum Resolution Power( uW ) 1GHz 45p 40 700M 55p 39.88 500M 55p 39.63 200M 55p 39.63 100M 55p 39.62

Delay LineBinary weighted switched capacitors control the delay per stage.

Delay Line DesignDelay per stage, At lock in condition The switching voltage should be adjusted at V DD /2 to avoid duty cycle error. **

Counter8 bit binary up down counter with reset and hold options.The counter is power and clock gated to reduce power when the clock phases are aligned. During Sleep mode the counting states are held in a latch. Power without gating = 9.1uW Power with gating = 2.72 uW 70 % Power saved with gating Gating Effect Started

Edge CombinerXOR Gate Based Edge Combiner. Generates 4 times the reference frequencyTo ensure proper duty cycle the Devices in the critical path must be sized properly. Sizing also depends on operating frequency range.

Full Waveform

Process Variation Process Corner Static Phase error (ps) Lock in time at 200 MHz TT 50 50 cycles SS 55 55 cycles FS 47 50 cycles SF 45 50 cycles (also duty cycle mismatch) FF 45 60 cycles

Performance This work IEEE Tran 08 JSSC 09 VLSI Symp 07 Type All Digital Digital Digital Digital Process 45nm 0.35 um 90nm 0.13um Supply 0.7V 3.3V 1V 1.2V Frequency Range 80 MHZ - 200MHz 4 -200MHz 2GHz 1.6GHz Static Phase Error 55ps N/A N/A N/A Lock in time Between 28 to 110 Cycles 16 cycles N/A N/A Power 120uW 17mW 7mW 6mW

ConclusionWe have designed a ultra low power all digital DLL operating at 80 -200MHz with 0.7V supply and 120uW.The DLL can be scaled down to operate at further low voltage by adjusting the critical path device widths

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Mehdi Sadi Italo Armenti Design of a Near Threshold Low Power DLL for Multiphase Clock Generation and Frequency Multiplication Outline Introduction and Motivation Background Our Works and simulations ID: 765458 Download Presentation

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