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Volume 12 (2001), Issue 3, Pages 399-406

On Mixed PTL/Static Logic for Low-power and High-speed Circuits

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins 80523, CO, USA

Received 20 June 2000; Revised 3 August 2000

Copyright © 2001 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We present more evidence in a 0.25 μm CMOS technology that the pass-transistor logic (PTL) structure that mixes conventional PTL structure with static logic gates can achieve better performance and lower power consumption compared to conventional PTL structure. The goal is to use the static gates to perform both logic functions as well as buffering. Our experimental results demonstrate that the proposed mixed PTL structure beats pure static structure and conventional PTL in 9 out of 15 test cases for either delay or power consumption or both in a 0.25 μm CMOS process. The average delay, power consumption, and power-delay product of the proposed structure for 15 test cases are 10% to 20% better of than the pure static implementations and up to 50% better than the conventional PTL implementations.