Towards Brain-inspired Interconnects and Circuits

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On Wires Holding a Handful of Electrons

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-04850-0_34,
        author={Valeriu Beiu and Walid Ibrahim and Rafic Makki},
        title={On Wires Holding a Handful of Electrons},
        proceedings={Towards Brain-inspired Interconnects and Circuits},
        proceedings_a={TBIC},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={Nano-electronics communication interconnects (wires) noise (intrinsic) reliability},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-04850-0_34}
    }
    
  • Valeriu Beiu
    Walid Ibrahim
    Rafic Makki
    Year: 2012
    On Wires Holding a Handful of Electrons
    TBIC
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-04850-0_34
Valeriu Beiu1,*, Walid Ibrahim1,*, Rafic Makki2,*
  • 1: UAE University
  • 2: Abu Dhabi Educational Council
*Contact email: vbeiu@uaeu.ac.ae, walidibr@uaeu.ac.ae, makki@adec.ac.ae

Abstract

When analyzing reliability, wires have in most cases been ignored, with gates (and devices) taking the lion’s share. With scaling, this approach is not going to be accurate enough as . Trying to do justice to wires, this paper details a statistical failure analysis of wires following on the few papers which have made wires’ reliability their concern. We will use a classical particle-like probabilistic approach to enhance on the accuracy of wires’ length-dependent probabilities of failure due to the discreetness of charge. Covering some of the intrinsic noises, such an approach leads to “lower bound”-like wire reliability estimates, as ignoring other intrinsic noises, as well as extrinsic noises, variations, and defects. These results should have implications for multi-/many-cores and networks-on-chip, as well as forward-looking investigations on emerging nano-architectures.