Exploring back biasing opportunities in 28nm UTBB FD-SOI technology for subthreshold digital design

Ramiro Taco, Itamar Levi, Alex Fish, Marco Lanuzza

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Abstract

Ultra-Thin Body and Box Fully Depleted silicon on insulator (UTBB FD-SOI) has been identified as attractive technology that respond to market trends in mobile applications. Digital subthreshold design techniques allow to operate at the minimum energy point, thus leading to considerable energy savings. In this work, the impact of back biasing is analyzed for the subthreshold region with different threshold voltage device options. We show that back biasing is an effective knob to achieve the minimum energy point when either high or low performance is demanded. By applying forward back bias voltage of 1.5 V to low threshold voltage transistors we achieved a frequency boost by 8.23× while maintaining the same consumed energy per cycle. Using regular threshold voltage transistors reversed back biased by 1.5 V, the leakage current was reduced 13.5x. Furthermore, we show that a single p-well approach should be used when no back biasing is needed in the subthreshold regime.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 IEEE 28th Convention of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel, IEEEI 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479959877
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 28th IEEE Convention of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel, IEEEI 2014 - Eilat, Israel
Duration: 3 Dec 20145 Dec 2014

Publication series

Name2014 IEEE 28th Convention of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel, IEEEI 2014

Conference

Conference2014 28th IEEE Convention of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel, IEEEI 2014
Country/TerritoryIsrael
CityEilat
Period3/12/145/12/14

Keywords

  • 28nm UTBB FD-SOI
  • Back biasing
  • Single Well
  • Subthreshold digital design

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