Abstract—Crosstalk limits the achievable data rate of global on-chip interconnects on large CMOS ICs. This is especially the case, if low-swing signaling is used to reduce power consumption. Differential interconnects provide a solution for most crosstalk and noise sources, but not for neighbor-to-neighbor crosstalk in a data bus. This neighbor-to-neighbor crosstalk can be reduced with twists in the differential interconnect-pairs. To reduce via resistance and metal layer use, we use as few twists as possible by placing only one twist in every even interconnect-pair and only two twists in every odd interconnect-pair. Analysis shows that there are optimal positions for the twists, which depend on the termination impedances of the interconnects. Theory and measurements on a 10 mm long bus in 0.13 μm CMOS show that only one twist at 50% of the even interconnect-pairs, two twists at 30% and 70% of the odd interconnect-pairs and both a low-ohmic source and a low-ohmic load impedance are very effective in mitigating the crosstalk.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||IEEE transactions on very large scale integration (VLSI) systems|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2007|
- ICD-CMOS NANO-WIRE COMMUNICATION