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Reconfigurable Logic Architectures based on Disruptive Technologies

Pierre-Emmanuel Gaillardon 1 
1 INL - CSH - INL - Conception de Systèmes Hétérogènes
INL - Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon
Abstract : For the last four decades, the semiconductor industry has experienced an exponential growth. According to the ITRS, as we advance into the era of nanotechnology, the traditional CMOS electronics is reaching its physical and economical limits. The main objective of this thesis is to explore novel design opportunities for reconfigurable architectures given by the emerging technologies. On the one hand, the thesis will focus on the traditional FPGA architecture scheme, and survey some structural improvements brought by disruptive technologies. While the memories and routing structures occupy the major part of the FPGAs total area and mainly limit the performances, 3-D integration appears as a good candidate to embed all this circuitry into the metal layers. Configuration and routing circuits based on back-end compatible resistive memories, a monolithic 3-D process flow and a prospective vertical FETs process flow are introduced and assessed within a complete architectural context. On the other hand, the thesis will present some novel architectural schemes for ultra-fine grain computing. The size of the logic elements can be reduced thanks to inherent properties of the technologies, such as the crossbar organization or the controllable polarity of carbon electronics. Considering the granularity of the logic elements, specific fixed and incomplete interconnection topologies are required to prevent the large overhead of a configurable interconnection pattern. To evaluate the potentiality of this new architectural scheme, a specific benchmarking flow will be presented in order to explore the ultra-fine grain architectural design space.
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Pierre-Emmanuel Gaillardon. Reconfigurable Logic Architectures based on Disruptive Technologies. Other. Ecole Centrale de Lyon, 2011. English. ⟨NNT : 2011ECDL0027⟩. ⟨tel-00674438⟩



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