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This collection includes most of the ASU Theses and Dissertations from 2011 to present. ASU Theses and Dissertations are available in downloadable PDF format; however, a small percentage of items are under embargo. Information about the dissertations/theses includes degree information, committee members, an abstract, supporting data or media.

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The past decade has seen a tremendous surge in running machine learning (ML) functions on mobile devices, from mere novelty applications to now indispensable features for the next generation of devices. While the mobile platform capabilities range widely, long battery life and reliability are common design concerns that are crucial to remain competitive. Consequently, state-of-the-art mobile platforms have become highly heterogeneous by combining a powerful CPUs with GPUs to accelerate the computation of deep neural networks (DNNs), which are the most common structures to perform ML operations. But traditional von Neumann architectures are not optimized for the high memory bandwidth …

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Kadetotad, Deepak Vinayak, Seo, Jae-sun, Chakrabarti, Chaitali, et al.
Created Date
2019

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

Articial Neural Network(ANN) has become a for-bearer in the field of Articial Intel- ligence. The innovations in ANN has led to ground breaking technological advances like self-driving vehicles,medical diagnosis,speech Processing,personal assistants and many more. These were inspired by evolution and working of our brains. Similar to how our brain evolved using a combination of epigenetics and live stimulus,ANN require training to learn patterns.The training usually requires a lot of computation and memory accesses. To realize these systems in real embedded hardware many Energy/Power/Performance issues needs to be solved. The purpose of this research is to focus on methods to study …

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Chowdary, Hidayatullah, Cao, Yu, Seo, JaeSun, et al.
Created Date
2018

Semiconductor memory is a key component of the computing systems. Beyond the conventional memory and data storage applications, in this dissertation, both mainstream and eNVM memory technologies are explored for radiation environment, hardware security system and machine learning applications. In the radiation environment, e.g. aerospace, the memory devices face different energetic particles. The strike of these energetic particles can generate electron-hole pairs (directly or indirectly) as they pass through the semiconductor device, resulting in photo-induced current, and may change the memory state. First, the trend of radiation effects of the mainstream memory technologies with technology node scaling is reviewed. Then, …

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LIU, RUI, Yu, Shimeng, Yu, Shimeng, et al.
Created Date
2018

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 …

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

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 …

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

The aging mechanism in devices is prone to uncertainties due to dynamic stress conditions. In AMS circuits these can lead to momentary fluctuations in circuit voltage that may be missed by a compact model and hence cause unpredictable failure. Firstly, multiple aging effects in the devices may have underlying correlations. The generation of new traps during TDDB may significantly accelerate BTI, since these traps are close to the dielectric-Si interface in scaled technology. Secondly, the prevalent reliability analysis lacks a direct validation of the lifetime of devices and circuits. The aging mechanism of BTI causes gradual degradation of the device …

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Patra, Devyani, Cao, Yu, Barnaby, Hugh, et al.
Created Date
2017

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 …

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

Vision is the ability to see and interpret any visual stimulus. It is one of the most fundamental and complex tasks the brain performs. Its complexity can be understood from the fact that close to 50% of the human brain is dedicated to vision. The brain receives an overwhelming amount of sensory information from the retina – estimated at up to 100 Mbps per optic nerve. Parallel processing of the entire visual field in real time is likely impossible for even the most sophisticated brains due to the high computational complexity of the task [1]. Yet, organisms can efficiently process …

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Gorthy, Sai Rama Srivatsava, Cao, Yu, Seo, Jae-sun, et al.
Created Date
2017

Over decades, scientists have been scaling devices to increasingly smaller feature sizes for ever better performance of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology to meet requirements on speed, complexity, circuit density, power consumption and ultimately cost required by many advanced applications. However, going to these ultra-scaled CMOS devices also brings some drawbacks. Aging due to bias-temperature-instability (BTI) and Hot carrier injection (HCI) is the dominant cause of functional failure in large scale logic circuits. The aging phenomena, on top of process variations, translate into complexity and reduced design margin for circuits. Such issues call for “Design for Reliability”. In order to …

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BANSAL, ANKITA, Cao, Yu, Seo, Jae Sun, et al.
Created Date
2016

Speech recognition and keyword detection are becoming increasingly popular applications for mobile systems. While deep neural network (DNN) implementation of these systems have very good performance, they have large memory and compute resource requirements, making their implementation on a mobile device quite challenging. In this thesis, techniques to reduce the memory and computation cost of keyword detection and speech recognition networks (or DNNs) are presented. The first technique is based on representing all weights and biases by a small number of bits and mapping all nodal computations into fixed-point ones with minimal degradation in the accuracy. Experiments conducted on the …

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Arunachalam, Sairam, Chakrabarti, Chaitali, Seo, Jae-sun, et al.
Created Date
2016

Rail clamp circuits are widely used for electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection in semiconductor products today. A step-by-step design procedure for the traditional RC and single-inverter-based rail clamp circuit and the design, simulation, implementation, and operation of two novel rail clamp circuits are described for use in the ESD protection of complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) circuits. The step-by-step design procedure for the traditional circuit is technology-node independent, can be fully automated, and aims to achieve a minimal area design that meets specified leakage and ESD specifications under all valid process, voltage, and temperature (PVT) conditions. The first novel rail clamp circuit presented …

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Venkatasubramanian, Ramachandran, Ozev, Sule, Bakkaloglu, Bertan, et al.
Created Date
2016

Internet of Things (IoT) has become a popular topic in industry over the recent years, which describes an ecosystem of internet-connected devices or things that enrich the everyday life by improving our productivity and efficiency. The primary components of the IoT ecosystem are hardware, software and services. While the software and services of IoT system focus on data collection and processing to make decisions, the underlying hardware is responsible for sensing the information, preprocess and transmit it to the servers. Since the IoT ecosystem is still in infancy, there is a great need for rapid prototyping platforms that would help …

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Suda, Naveen, Cao, Yu, Bakkaloglu, Bertan, et al.
Created Date
2016

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 …

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

Clock generation and distribution are essential to CMOS microchips, providing synchronization to external devices and between internal sequential logic. Clocks in microprocessors are highly vulnerable to single event effects and designing reliable energy efficient clock networks for mission critical applications is a major challenge. This dissertation studies the basics of radiation hardening, essentials of clock design and impact of particle strikes on clocks in detail and presents design techniques for hardening complete clock systems in digital ICs. Since the sequential elements play a key role in deciding the robustness of any clocking strategy, hardened-by-design implementations of triple-mode redundant (TMR) pulse …

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Chellappa, Srivatsan, Clark, Lawrence T, Holbert, Keith E, et al.
Created Date
2015

The recent flurry of security breaches have raised serious concerns about the security of data communication and storage. A promising way to enhance the security of the system is through physical root of trust, such as, through use of physical unclonable functions (PUF). PUF leverages the inherent randomness in physical systems to provide device specific authentication and encryption. In this thesis, first the design of a highly reliable resistive random access memory (RRAM) PUF is presented. Compared to existing 1 cell/bit RRAM, here the sum of the read-out currents of multiple RRAM cells are used for generating one response bit. …

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Shrivastava, Ayush, Chakrabarti, Chaitali, Yu, Shimeng, et al.
Created Date
2015

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 …

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

Coarse Grain Reconfigurable Arrays (CGRAs) are promising accelerators capable of achieving high performance at low power consumption. While CGRAs can efficiently accelerate loop kernels, accelerating loops with control flow (loops with if-then-else structures) is quite challenging. Techniques that handle control flow execution in CGRAs generally use predication. Such techniques execute both branches of an if-then-else structure and select outcome of either branch to commit based on the result of the conditional. This results in poor utilization of CGRA s computational resources. Dual-issue scheme which is the state of the art technique for control flow fetches instructions from both paths of …

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Rajendran Radhika, Shri Hari, Shrivastava, Aviral, Christen, Jennifer Blain, et al.
Created Date
2014