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Crosstalk in QCA arithmetic circuits
Author(s): Faizal Karim; Konrad Walus; André Ivanov
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Paper Abstract

Quantum-Dot Cellular Automata (QCA) is one of several proposed computational nanotechnology paradigms that are being investigated as alternatives to CMOS at the nano-scale. QCA has been reported to offer relatively low power consumption, and very high device density. In recent years, several researchers have started investigating relatively complex circuit architectures using QCA. Such design efforts have highlighted the crosstalk problem in QCA and the lack of research in this area. This paper explores the nature of crosstalk in QCA. We show how crosstalk can be amplified due to several parameters including wire length and the distance between adjacent cells. We develop a model and method that allows us to test for crosstalk using a set of test vectors. We also propose a set of cell placement guidelines and design geometries that help to minimize QCA crosstalk in large circuits.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6313, Advanced Signal Processing Algorithms, Architectures, and Implementations XVI, 631306 (25 August 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.679133
Show Author Affiliations
Faizal Karim, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Konrad Walus, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
André Ivanov, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6313:
Advanced Signal Processing Algorithms, Architectures, and Implementations XVI
Franklin T. Luk, Editor(s)

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