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Resource Type
  • Doctoral Dissertation
Date Range
2011 2019


Machine learning technology has made a lot of incredible achievements in recent years. It has rivalled or exceeded human performance in many intellectual tasks including image recognition, face detection and the Go game. Many machine learning algorithms require huge amount of computation such as in multiplication of large matrices. As silicon technology has scaled to sub-14nm regime, simply scaling down the device cannot provide enough speed-up any more. New device technologies and system architectures are needed to improve the computing capacity. Designing specific hardware for machine learning is highly in demand. Efforts need to be made on a joint design …

Contributors
Xu, Zihan, Cao, Yu, Chakrabarti, Chaitali, et al.
Created Date
2017

Deep learning (DL) has proved itself be one of the most important developements till date with far reaching impacts in numerous fields like robotics, computer vision, surveillance, speech processing, machine translation, finance, etc. They are now widely used for countless applications because of their ability to generalize real world data, robustness to noise in previously unseen data and high inference accuracy. With the ability to learn useful features from raw sensor data, deep learning algorithms have out-performed tradinal AI algorithms and pushed the boundaries of what can be achieved with AI. In this work, we demonstrate the power of deep …

Contributors
Mohanty, Abinash, Cao, Yu, Seo, Jae-sun, et al.
Created Date
2018

Negative bias temperature instability (NBTI) is a leading aging mechanism in modern digital and analog circuits. Recent NBTI data exhibits an excessive amount of randomness and fast recovery, which are difficult to be handled by conventional power-law model (tn). Such discrepancies further pose the challenge on long-term reliability prediction under statistical variations and Dynamic Voltage Scaling (DVS) in real circuit operation. To overcome these barriers, the modeling effort in this work (1) practically explains the aging statistics due to randomness in number of traps with log(t) model, accurately predicting the mean and variance shift; (2) proposes cycle-to-cycle model (from the …

Contributors
Velamala, Jyothi Bhaskarr Amarnadh, Cao, Yu, Clark, Lawrence, et al.
Created Date
2012

Scaling of the classical planar MOSFET below 20 nm gate length is facing not only technological difficulties but also limitations imposed by short channel effects, gate and junction leakage current due to quantum tunneling, high body doping induced threshold voltage variation, and carrier mobility degradation. Non-classical multiple-gate structures such as double-gate (DG) FinFETs and surrounding gate field-effect-transistors (SGFETs) have good electrostatic integrity and are an alternative to planar MOSFETs for below 20 nm technology nodes. Circuit design with these devices need compact models for SPICE simulation. In this work physics based compact models for the common-gate symmetric DG-FinFET, independent-gate asymmetric …

Contributors
Dessai, Gajanan, Gildenblat, Gennady, Gildenblat, Gennady, et al.
Created Date
2012

The Resistive Random Access Memory (ReRAM) is an emerging non-volatile memory technology because of its attractive attributes, including excellent scalability (< 10 nm), low programming voltage (< 3 V), fast switching speed (< 10 ns), high OFF/ON ratio (> 10), good endurance (up to 1012 cycles) and great compatibility with silicon CMOS technology [1]. However, ReRAM suffers from larger write latency, energy and reliability issue compared to Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM). To improve the energy-efficiency, latency efficiency and reliability of ReRAM storage systems, a low cost cross-layer approach that spans device, circuit, architecture and system levels is proposed. For …

Contributors
Mao, Manqing, Chakrabariti, Chaitali, Yu, Shimeng, et al.
Created Date
2019

Over the past few decades, the silicon complementary-metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technology has been greatly scaled down to achieve higher performance, density and lower power consumption. As the device dimension is approaching its fundamental physical limit, there is an increasing demand for exploration of emerging devices with distinct operating principles from conventional CMOS. In recent years, many efforts have been devoted in the research of next-generation emerging non-volatile memory (eNVM) technologies, such as resistive random access memory (RRAM) and phase change memory (PCM), to replace conventional digital memories (e.g. SRAM) for implementation of synapses in large-scale neuromorphic computing systems. Essentially being compact …

Contributors
Chen, Pai-Yu, Yu, Shimeng, Cao, Yu, et al.
Created Date
2018

Current sensing ability is one of the most desirable features of contemporary current or voltage mode controlled DC-DC converters. Current sensing can be used for over load protection, multi-stage converter load balancing, current-mode control, multi-phase converter current-sharing, load independent control, power efficiency improvement etc. There are handful existing approaches for current sensing such as external resistor sensing, triode mode current mirroring, observer sensing, Hall-Effect sensors, transformers, DC Resistance (DCR) sensing, Gm-C filter sensing etc. However, each method has one or more issues that prevent them from being successfully applied in DC-DC converter, e.g. low accuracy, discontinuous sensing nature, high sensitivity …

Contributors
Liu, Tao, Bakkaloglu, Bertan, Bakkaloglu, Bertan, et al.
Created Date
2011

Characterization of standard cells is one of the crucial steps in the IC design. Scaling of CMOS technology has lead to timing un-certainties such as that of cross coupling noise due to interconnect parasitic, skew variation due to voltage jitter and proximity effect of multiple inputs switching (MIS). Due to increased operating frequency and process variation, the probability of MIS occurrence and setup / hold failure within a clock cycle is high. The delay variation due to temporal proximity of MIS is significant for multiple input gates in the standard cell library. The shortest paths are affected by MIS due …

Contributors
Subramaniam, Anupama R., Cao, Yu, Chakrabarti, Chaitali, et al.
Created Date
2012

Test cost has become a significant portion of device cost and a bottleneck in high volume manufacturing. Increasing integration density and shrinking feature sizes increased test time/cost and reduce observability. Test engineers have to put a tremendous effort in order to maintain test cost within an acceptable budget. Unfortunately, there is not a single straightforward solution to the problem. Products that are tested have several application domains and distinct customer profiles. Some products are required to operate for long periods of time while others are required to be low cost and optimized for low cost. Multitude of constraints and goals …

Contributors
Yilmaz, Ender, Ozev, Sule, Bakkaloglu, Bertan, et al.
Created Date
2012

Static CMOS logic has remained the dominant design style of digital systems for more than four decades due to its robustness and near zero standby current. Static CMOS logic circuits consist of a network of combinational logic cells and clocked sequential elements, such as latches and flip-flops that are used for sequencing computations over time. The majority of the digital design techniques to reduce power, area, and leakage over the past four decades have focused almost entirely on optimizing the combinational logic. This work explores alternate architectures for the flip-flops for improving the overall circuit performance, power and area. It …

Contributors
Yang, Jinghua, Vrudhula, Sarma, Barnaby, Hugh, et al.
Created Date
2018

Today's mobile devices have to support computation-intensive multimedia applications with a limited energy budget. In this dissertation, we present architecture level and algorithm-level techniques that reduce energy consumption of these devices with minimal impact on system quality. First, we present novel techniques to mitigate the effects of SRAM memory failures in JPEG2000 implementations operating in scaled voltages. We investigate error control coding schemes and propose an unequal error protection scheme tailored for JPEG2000 that reduces overhead without affecting the performance. Furthermore, we propose algorithm-specific techniques for error compensation that exploit the fact that in JPEG2000 the discrete wavelet transform outputs …

Contributors
Emre, Yunus, Chakrabarti, Chaitali, Bakkaloglu, Bertan, et al.
Created Date
2012

Animals learn to choose a proper action among alternatives according to the circumstance. Through trial-and-error, animals improve their odds by making correct association between their behavioral choices and external stimuli. While there has been an extensive literature on the theory of learning, it is still unclear how individual neurons and a neural network adapt as learning progresses. In this dissertation, single units in the medial and lateral agranular (AGm and AGl) cortices were recorded as rats learned a directional choice task. The task required the rat to make a left/right side lever press if a light cue appeared on the …

Contributors
Mao, Hongwei, Si, Jennie, Buneo, Christopher, et al.
Created Date
2014

Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) demonstrates label-free biosensing capabilities and is considered to be a promising alternative of quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). FBARs achieve great success in vacuum, or in the air, but find limited applications in liquid media because squeeze damping significantly degrades quality factor (Q) and results in poor frequency resolution. A transmission-line model shows that by confining the liquid in a thickness comparable to the acoustic wavelength of the resonator, Q can be considerably improved. The devices exhibit damped oscillatory patterns of Q as the liquid thickness varies. Q assumes its maxima and minima …

Contributors
Xu, Wencheng, Chae, Junseok, Phillips, Stephen, et al.
Created Date
2011

The rapid improvement in computation capability has made deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs) a great success in recent years on many computer vision tasks with significantly improved accuracy. During the inference phase, many applications demand low latency processing of one image with strict power consumption requirement, which reduces the efficiency of GPU and other general-purpose platform, bringing opportunities for specific acceleration hardware, e.g. FPGA, by customizing the digital circuit specific for the deep learning algorithm inference. However, deploying CNNs on portable and embedded systems is still challenging due to large data volume, intensive computation, varying algorithm structures, and frequent memory …

Contributors
Ma, Yufei, Vrudhula, Sarma, Seo, Jae-sun, et al.
Created Date
2018

Non-volatile memories (NVM) are widely used in modern electronic devices due to their non-volatility, low static power consumption and high storage density. While Flash memories are the dominant NVM technology, resistive memories such as phase change access memory (PRAM) and spin torque transfer random access memory (STT-MRAM) are gaining ground. All these technologies suffer from reliability degradation due to process variations, structural limits and material property shift. To address the reliability concerns of these NVM technologies, multi-level low cost solutions are proposed for each of them. My approach consists of first building a comprehensive error model. Next the error characteristics …

Contributors
Yang, Chengen, Chakrabarti, Chaitali, Cao, Yu, et al.
Created Date
2014

With increasing demand for System on Chip (SoC) and System in Package (SiP) design in computer and communication technologies, integrated inductor which is an essential passive component has been widely used in numerous integrated circuits (ICs) such as in voltage regulators and RF circuits. In this work, soft ferromagnetic core material, amorphous Co-Zr-Ta-B, was incorporated into on-chip and in-package inductors in order to scale down inductors and improve inductors performance in both inductance density and quality factor. With two layers of 500 nm Co-Zr-Ta-B films a 3.5X increase in inductance and a 3.9X increase in quality factor over inductors without …

Contributors
Wu, Hao, Yu, Hongbin, Bakkaloglu, Bertan, et al.
Created Date
2013

Due to high level of integration in RF System on Chip (SOC), the test access points are limited to the baseband and RF inputs/outputs of the system. This limited access poses a big challenge particularly for advanced RF architectures where calibration of internal parameters is necessary and ensure proper operation. Therefore low-overhead built-in Self-Test (BIST) solution for advanced RF transceiver is proposed. In this dissertation. Firstly, comprehensive BIST solution for RF polar transceivers using on-chip resources is presented. In the receiver, phase and gain mismatches degrade sensitivity and error vector magnitude (EVM). In the transmitter, delay skew between the envelope …

Contributors
Jeong, Jae Woong, Ozev, Sule, Kitchen, Jennifer, et al.
Created Date
2015

The first part describes Metal Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor (MESFET) based fundamental analog building blocks designed and fabricated in a single poly, 3-layer metal digital CMOS technology utilizing fully depletion mode MESFET devices. DC characteristics were measured by varying the power supply from 2.5V to 5.5V. The measured DC transfer curves of amplifiers show good agreement with the simulated ones with extracted models from the same process. The accuracy of the current mirror showing inverse operation is within ±15% for the current from 0 to 1.5mA with the power supply from 2.5 to 5.5V. The second part presents a low-power …

Contributors
Kim, Sung Ho, Bakkaloglu, Bertan, Christen, Jennifer Blain, et al.
Created Date
2011

CMOS technology is expected to enter the 10nm regime for future integrated circuits (IC). Such aggressive scaling leads to vastly increased variability, posing a grand challenge to robust IC design. Variations in CMOS are often divided into two types: intrinsic variations and process-induced variations. Intrinsic variations are limited by fundamental physics. They are inherent to CMOS structure, considered as one of the ultimate barriers to the continual scaling of CMOS devices. In this work the three primary intrinsic variations sources are studied, including random dopant fluctuation (RDF), line-edge roughness (LER) and oxide thickness fluctuation (OTF). The research is focused on …

Contributors
Ye, Yun, Cao, Yu, Yu, Hongbin, et al.
Created Date
2011

The aging process due to Bias Temperature Instability (both NBTI and PBTI) and Channel Hot Carrier (CHC) is a key limiting factor of circuit lifetime in CMOS design. Threshold voltage shift due to BTI is a strong function of stress voltage and temperature complicating stress and recovery prediction. This poses a unique challenge for long-term aging prediction for wide range of stress patterns. Traditional approaches usually resort to an average stress waveform to simplify the lifetime prediction. They are efficient, but fail to capture circuit operation, especially under dynamic voltage scaling (DVS) or in analog/mixed signal designs where the stress …

Contributors
Sutaria, Ketul, Cao, Yu, Bakkaloglu, Bertan, et al.
Created Date
2014