Title

Asynchronous design of a multi-dimensional logarithmic number system processor for digital hearing instruments.

Date of Award

2004

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Jullien, G. A.

Keywords

Engineering, Electronics and Electrical.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

This thesis presents an asynchronous Multi-Dimensional Logarithmic Number System (MDLNS) processor that exhibits very low power dissipation. The target application is for a hearing instrument DSP. The MDLNS is a newly developed number system that has the advantage of reducing hardware complexity compared to the classical Logarithmic Number System (LNS). A synchronous implementation of a 2-digit 2DLNS filterbank, using the MDLNS to construct a FIR filterbank, has successfully proved that this novel number representation can benefit this digital hearing instrument application in the requirement of small size and low power. In this thesis we demonstrate that the combination of using the MDLNS, along with an asynchronous design methodology, produces impressive power savings compared to the previous synchronous design. A 4-phase bundled-data full-handshaking protocol is applied to the asynchronous control design. We adopt the Differential Cascade Voltage Switch Logic (DCVSL) circuit family for the design of the computation cells in this asynchronous MDLNS processor. Besides the asynchronous design methodology, we also use finite ring calculations to reduce adder bit-width to provide improvements compared to the previous MDLNS filterbank architecture. Spectre power simulation results from simulations of this asynchronous MDLNS processor demonstrate that over 70 percent power savings have been achieved compared to the synchronous design. This full-custom asynchronous MDLNS processor has been submitted for fabrication in the TSMC 0.18mum CMOS technology. A further contribution in this thesis is the development of a novel synchronizing method of design for testability (DfT), which is offered as a possible solution for asynchronous DfT methods.Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2004 .W85. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 43-01, page: 0288. Advisers: G. A. Jullien; W. C. Miller. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2004.