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Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 575389, 13 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/575389
Research Article

Redundant Logic Insertion and Latency Reduction in Self-Timed Adders

1Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Vel Tech Dr. RR and Dr. SR Technical University, Avadi, Tamil Nadu, Chennai 600 062, India
2Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, S.A. Engineering College, Anna University, Thiruverkadu, Tamil Nadu, Chennai 600 077, India
3School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK

Received 8 October 2011; Revised 24 January 2012; Accepted 17 March 2012

Academic Editor: Sungjoo Yoo

Copyright © 2012 P. Balasubramanian et al. 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.

Abstract

A novel concept of logic redundancy insertion is presented that facilitates significant latency reduction in self-timed adder circuits. The proposed concept is universal in the sense that it can be extended to a variety of self-timed design methods. Redundant logic can be incorporated to generate efficient self-timed realizations of iterative logic specifications. Based on the case study of a 32-bit self-timed carry-ripple adder, it has been found that redundant implementations minimize the data path latency by 21.1% at the expense of increases in area and power by 2.3% and 0.8% on average compared to their nonredundant counterparts. However, when considering further peephole logic optimizations, it has been observed in a specific scenario that the delay reduction could be as high as 31% while accompanied by only meager area and power penalties of 0.6% and 1.2%, respectively. Moreover, redundant logic adders pave the way for spacer propagation in constant time and garner actual case latency for addition of valid data.