Error-resilient sequential cells with successive time borrowing for stochastic computing

Wei Chang Liu, Ching Da Chan, Shuo An Huang, Chi Wei Lo, Chia Hsiang Yang, Shyh-Jye Jou

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Abstract

This paper presents error-resilient sequential building blocks with time-borrowing capability without extra latches and generated clocks. The circuits are able to recover the timing errors caused by PVT variations and/or over-voltage scaling by up to half a cycle. Unlike prior works, the timing errors can be recovered dynamically through successive time borrowing without stalled cycles, retaining a constant throughput. The circuit structure can be applied to both ASICs and microprocessors. The proposed sequential cells are highly compatible with current cell-based IC design flow, for both feedforward and feedback datapaths. As a proof of concept, a design with key DSP building blocks has been verified. The results show that the performance of the DSP modules is improved by 13-15% in the worst-case operation condition, yielding a promising solution for stochastic computing under an unreliable operation condition.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2016 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages6545-6549
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781479999880
DOIs
StatePublished - 18 May 2016
Event41st IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2016 - Shanghai, China
Duration: 20 Mar 201625 Mar 2016

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
Volume2016-May
ISSN (Print)1520-6149

Conference

Conference41st IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2016
CountryChina
CityShanghai
Period20/03/1625/03/16

Keywords

  • Error-resilient circuit
  • sequential cell
  • stochastic computing
  • time borrowing

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