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An Overlap-Contention Free True-Single-Phase Clock Dual-Edge-Triggered Flip-Flop

Dual-edge-triggered (DET) synchronous operation is a very attractive option for low-power, high-performance designs. Compared to conventional single-edge synchronous systems, DET operation is capable of providing the same throughput at half the clock frequency. This can lead to significant power savings on the clock network that is often one of the major contributors to total system power. However, in order to implement DET operation, special registers need to be introduced that sample data on both clock-edges. These registers are more complex than their single-edge counterparts, and often suffer from a certain amount of clock-overlap between the main clock and the internally generated inverted clock. This overlap can cause contention inside the cell and lead to logic failures, especially when operating at scaled power supplies and under process variations that characterize nanometer technologies. This paper presents a novel, static DET flip-flop (DET-FF) with a true-single-phase clock that completely avoids clock overlap hazards by eliminating the need for an inverted clock edge for functionality. The proposed DET FF was implemented in a standard 40nm CMOS technology, showing full functionality at low-voltage operating points, where conventional DET-FFs fail. Under a near-threshold, 500mV supply voltage, the proposed cell also provides a 35% lower CK-to-Q delay and the lowest power-delay-product compared to all considered DET-FF implementations. © 2015 IEEE.

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