The post-CMOS scenario poses many challenges to researchers. Innovative solutions must be found to further improve electronic circuits. Exploiting the potential offered by the third dimension is clearly one of the best possibilities available. However, due to the lack of a simple and straightforward methodology, it is difficult to analyze and compare beyond-CMOS technologies. We tackle this challenge by presenting a framework that enables the design of 3-D circuits based on field-coupled technologies. The tool is called MagCAD and is part of the ToPoliNano design suite, created to design and simulate circuits based on emerging technologies by applying a top–down methodology. Right now, MagCAD supports the two main implementations of nanomagnetic logic (NML), the in-plane NML, and the perpendicular NML (pNML). However, it is designed to be easily extended to other beyond-CMOS technologies. Researchers can design pNML circuits by using MagCAD, which embeds design rules, physical models, and technological parameters. The compact model and the physical properties of these cells are based on experimental results. After the design phase, a register-transfer-level model of the circuit is automatically extracted by MagCAD. The model is written in VHSIC Hardware Description Language and has been validated through experiments. The extracted model can be simulated with fast HDL-simulators; this makes it possible to verify the behavior and extract the performance of the designed circuit. With MagCAD, designers have the possibility to easily design, simulate, and compare 3-D NML circuits, exploring the advantages provided by the third dimension freely.

MagCAD: Tool for the Design of 3-D Magnetic Circuits / Riente, Fabrizio; Garlando, Umberto; Turvani, Giovanna; Vacca, Marco; RUO ROCH, Massimo; Graziano, Mariagrazia. - In: IEEE JOURNAL ON EXPLORATORY SOLID-STATE COMPUTATIONAL DEVICES AND CIRCUITS. - ISSN 2329-9231. - 3:(2017), pp. 65-73. [10.1109/JXCDC.2017.2756981]

MagCAD: Tool for the Design of 3-D Magnetic Circuits

RIENTE, FABRIZIO;GARLANDO, UMBERTO;TURVANI, GIOVANNA;VACCA, MARCO;RUO ROCH, Massimo;GRAZIANO, MARIAGRAZIA
2017

Abstract

The post-CMOS scenario poses many challenges to researchers. Innovative solutions must be found to further improve electronic circuits. Exploiting the potential offered by the third dimension is clearly one of the best possibilities available. However, due to the lack of a simple and straightforward methodology, it is difficult to analyze and compare beyond-CMOS technologies. We tackle this challenge by presenting a framework that enables the design of 3-D circuits based on field-coupled technologies. The tool is called MagCAD and is part of the ToPoliNano design suite, created to design and simulate circuits based on emerging technologies by applying a top–down methodology. Right now, MagCAD supports the two main implementations of nanomagnetic logic (NML), the in-plane NML, and the perpendicular NML (pNML). However, it is designed to be easily extended to other beyond-CMOS technologies. Researchers can design pNML circuits by using MagCAD, which embeds design rules, physical models, and technological parameters. The compact model and the physical properties of these cells are based on experimental results. After the design phase, a register-transfer-level model of the circuit is automatically extracted by MagCAD. The model is written in VHSIC Hardware Description Language and has been validated through experiments. The extracted model can be simulated with fast HDL-simulators; this makes it possible to verify the behavior and extract the performance of the designed circuit. With MagCAD, designers have the possibility to easily design, simulate, and compare 3-D NML circuits, exploring the advantages provided by the third dimension freely.
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
08051104-ilovepdf-compressed.pdf

accesso aperto

Tipologia: 2a Post-print versione editoriale / Version of Record
Licenza: PUBBLICO - Tutti i diritti riservati
Dimensione 7.39 MB
Formato Adobe PDF
7.39 MB Adobe PDF Visualizza/Apri
Pubblicazioni consigliate

Caricamento pubblicazioni consigliate

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: http://hdl.handle.net/11583/2687015
 Attenzione

Attenzione! I dati visualizzati non sono stati sottoposti a validazione da parte dell'ateneo