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Electrical & Computer Engineering
Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.S.E.C.E.)
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As the scaling of CMOS approaches fundamental limits, revolutionary technology beyond the end of CMOS roadmap is essential to continue the progress and miniaturization of integrated circuits. Recent research efforts in 3-D circuit integration explore pathways of continuing the scaling by co-designing for device, circuit, connectivity, heat and manufacturing challenges in a 3-D fabric-centric manner. SkyBridge fabric is one such approach that addresses fine-grained integration in 3-D, achieves orders of magnitude benefits over projected scaled 2-D CMOS, and provides a pathway for continuing scaling beyond 2-D CMOS.
However, SkyBridge fabric utilizes only single type transistors in order to reduce manufacture complexity, which limits its circuit implementation to dynamic logic. This design choice introduces multiple challenges for SkyBridge such as high switching power consumption, susceptibility to noise, and increased complexity for clocking. In this thesis we propose a new 3-D fabric, similar in mindset to SkyBridge, but with static logic circuit implementation in order to mitigate the afore-mentioned challenges. We present an integrated framework to realize static circuits with vertical nanowires, and co-design it across all layers spanning fundamental fabric structures to large circuits. The new fabric, named as SkyBridge-CMOS, introduces new technology, structures and circuit designs to meet the additional requirements for implementing static circuits. One of the critical challenges addressed here is integrating both n-type and p-type nanowires. Molecular bonding process allows precise control between different doping regions, and novel fabric components are proposed to achieve 3-D routing between various doping regions.
Core fabric components are designed, optimized and modeled with their physical level information taken into account. Based on these basic structures we design and evaluate various logic gates, arithmetic circuits and SRAM in terms of power, area footprint and delay. A comprehensive evaluation methodology spanning material/device level to circuit level is followed. Benchmarking against 16nm 2-D CMOS shows significant improvement of up to 50X in area footprint and 9.3X in total power efficiency for low power applications, and 3X in throughput for high performance applications. Also, better noise resilience and better power efficiency can be guaranteed when compared with original SkyBridge fabrics.
Li, Mingyu, "Architecting SkyBridge-CMOS" (2015). Masters Theses. 157.