Power Supply Noise (PSN) is one of the main concerns in scaled technology circuits, both if performance reliability must be assured and if power supply is to be dynamically reduced for dissipation regulation. In this paper we propose a new system for digitally sensing Power Supply and Ground levels that can be both transferred to the output for verification purposes and used by a control block within the circuit under test (CUT) for the activation of power aware policies. The sensor system shows very low overhead in terms of power and area, and works at the nominal CUT frequency. It allows to change on-site the Power Supply and Ground ranges to be sensed and, after a fine tuning, can be arranged for a process variation aware measures. This sensor is fully digital and standard cell based and can be used for every type of architecture on a systematic basis for PSN measure as scan chains are for fault verification. It thus represents a change of paradigm in the way in which PSN measure systems are thought nowadays.

A fully digital power supply noise thermometer / Graziano, Mariagrazia; Vittori, M. D.. - STAMPA. - (2009), pp. 173-176. ((Intervento presentato al convegno IEEE International SOC Conference tenutosi a Belfast, Ireland nel 9-11 September 2009 [10.1109/SOCCON.2009.5398066].

A fully digital power supply noise thermometer

GRAZIANO, MARIAGRAZIA;
2009

Abstract

Power Supply Noise (PSN) is one of the main concerns in scaled technology circuits, both if performance reliability must be assured and if power supply is to be dynamically reduced for dissipation regulation. In this paper we propose a new system for digitally sensing Power Supply and Ground levels that can be both transferred to the output for verification purposes and used by a control block within the circuit under test (CUT) for the activation of power aware policies. The sensor system shows very low overhead in terms of power and area, and works at the nominal CUT frequency. It allows to change on-site the Power Supply and Ground ranges to be sensed and, after a fine tuning, can be arranged for a process variation aware measures. This sensor is fully digital and standard cell based and can be used for every type of architecture on a systematic basis for PSN measure as scan chains are for fault verification. It thus represents a change of paradigm in the way in which PSN measure systems are thought nowadays.
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