Keynote Speech 1

Speaker Dr. Vivek De (Intel Corporation)
Title Variation-Tolerant Adaptive and Resilient Designs in Nanoscale CMOS


Process, voltage and temperature (PVT) variations pose major challenges to achieving energy-efficient performance in multi-core & many-core processors and SoC designs in nanoscale CMOS. Aging-induced transistor and interconnect degradations limit power and performance. Impacts of variations and aging are further aggravated in the Near-Threshold Voltage (NTV) operating regime where energy efficiency peaks. Interconnect delays are becoming bottlenecks to efficient global communications across the die. We will discuss variation-tolerant logic and memory design techniques that enable robust operation in nanoscale CMOS. We will present voltage-frequency adaptation and resiliency schemes that can mitigate impacts of dynamic variations and aging . Many-core processor designs that use a mesochronous Network-on-Chip (NoC) mesh to overcome clock distribution and global interconnect challenges will be presented. Opportunities offered by fully asynchronous designs to further improve tolerance to extreme variations will be discussed.


Vivek De is an Intel Fellow and Director of Circuit Technology Research in Intel Labs. In his current role as Director of Intel’s Circuits Research Lab in Hillsboro, Oregon, he is responsible for providing strategic technical directions for long term research in future circuit technologies. He has 207 publications in refereed international conferences and journals, and 187 patents, with 27 more patents filed (pending). He received an Intel Achievement Award for his contributions to an integrated voltage regulator technology. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.