Advanced System on a Chip Design Based on Controllable-Polarity FETs (invited paper)
Field-Effect Transistors (FETs) with on-line controllable-polarity are promising candidates to support next generation System-on-Chip (SoC). Thanks to their enhanced functionality, controllable-polarity FETs enable a superior design of critical components in a SoC, such as processing units and memories, while also providing native solutions to control power consumption. In this paper, we present the efficient design of a SoC core with controllable-polarity FET. Processing units are speeded-up at the datapath level, as arithmetic operations require fewer physical resources than in standard CMOS. Power consumption is decreased via embedded power-gating techniques and tunable high-performance/low-power devices operation. Memory cells are made smaller by merging the access interface with the storage circuitry. We foresee the advantages deriving from these techniques, by evaluating their impact on the design of SoC for a contemporary telecommunication application. Using a 22-nm vertically-stacked silicon nanowire technology, a coarse-grain evaluation at the block level estimates a delay and power reduction of 20% and 19% respectively, at a cost of a moderate area overhead of 15%, with respect to a state-of-art FinFET technology.