Development of an architectural design tool for 3-D VLSI sensors
Author(s)Tyrrell, Brian (Brian Matthew)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
L. Rafael Reif and Robert K. Reich.
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Three dimensional integration schemes for VLSI have the potential for enabling the development of new high-performance architectures for applications such as focal plane sensors. Due to the high costs involved in 3-D VLSI fabrication and the fabrication complexity of 3-D integration, analysis of the design and process tradeoffs for a particular application is essential. An architectural and topological design tool is presented that enables the high-level analysis and optimization of sensor architectures targeted to a variety of 3-D VLSI process options. This design tool is based on an inference chain evaluation framework, and allows for a high-level structural representation of a circuit architecture to be considered in conjunction with low-level process models. Approximation strategies for projecting circuit area and performance are incorporated into the inference chain relations.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2004.Includes bibliographical references (p. 153-159).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.