CAD Tools for Clockless Circuit and System Design and Test

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R094
Agency Tracking Number: 02SB2-0325
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: SB022-045
Solicitation Number: 2002.2
Small Business Information
17371 NE 67th Court, Redmond, WA, 98052
DUNS: 010947088
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alicia Manthe
 Member of Technical Staff
 (425) 702-9196
Business Contact
 Tracey Luo
Title: VP Business Operation
Phone: (425) 702-9196
Research Institution
Asynchronous circuit design has the potential to offer orders of magnitude improvement in speed, power dissipation and EMI over synchronous circuit design. It is especially appealing to military electronics due to its extremely low EMI performance and its suitability as an enabling technology for heterogeneous system integration with high reliability and affordability. However, its real silicon success has been extremely limited due to lack of supporting design and test tools. In this SBIR project, we propose to develop three innovative CAD tools (CASTER, Arsyn-D and AFIST) to address the missing yet critical links for a complete clockless circuit design and test flow. CASTER (CMOS Asynchronous System Timing, Energy and Radiation) is the first CAD tool for silicon-accurate analysis and optimization of timing, power and EMI of asynchronous circuits. It provides a fast engine for clockless circuit optimization, as well as a standard tool and metrics for the final sign off of clockless design, and evaluation of different design styles. Arsyn-D is a million-transistor scale optimization tool for clockless circuits that incorporates automatic asynchronous topology selection to address military requirements. AFIST is the first realistic fault modeling based test generation and diagnosis tool for asynchronous circuits, based on innovative behavioral fault modeling technologies. We propose to team up with Boeing Solid State Electronics to demonstrate the proposed tools on military electronics design, in particular, to DARPA/CLASS program benchmarks.

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