Abstract— The ALU is a
one of most basic operational unit in any processor. The ALU is heart of any
system or any processor and the core component of the central processing unit
CPU because mainly all the basic operations are performed by the help of ALU
only. As the name ALU signifies arithmetic logic unit, hence it is used to
perform the arithmetic and logical operation in a digital bits. So the ALU can
be defined as the combinational unit which is used to perform its logical and arithmetic
units. The purpose of this work is to implement the Arithmetic Logic Unit (ALU)
by a CMOS technique in 45nm. The tasks perform by ALU are Logic operation (OR,
AND, XOR) and Arithmetic operation (ADDER). All the logical operations are
performed by the help of logic gates using GDI technology. The GDI is the most
commonly used technique for power reduction as it reduces the number of gates
used. This result is then given to the multiplexer and the result obtained is
dependent on the input select line. This result obtained is calculated is in
the term of average power and delay. The implementation takes place in a
software Cadence virtuoso.
(Arithmatic and Logic Unit), CADENCE VIRTUOSO (Tool), CMOS(Complimentary Metal
Oxide Semiconductor), GDI Technique (Gate Diffusion Input)
The main part of any system is its
processor as the processor determines the speed of the processor. The ALU is
the heart of any processor as all the operation performed by the processor is
performed by the help of ALU only. Arithmetic and Logic Unit is one of the most
basic components of any computing machine. It has the capability of performing
various arithmetic and logical operations like addition, subtraction, AND, OR,
XOR etc., on given data and generating results. The number of operations it can
perform and the size of the data it can work with are dependent on the ALU.
With the increase in number of operation, the speed of an ALU is reduced so at
the design level there is need to increase the speed of a processor by the
proper choice of ALU operation depending upon application and type of circuit
to be implemented and designed. There are also various technique is present for
the power reduction of ALU in which GDI is also the one of them. Gate Diffused
Input technique is the technique reduces the number of transistor in circuit
due to which power reduces.
Now in modern computer processor are based on graphical
processing unit (GPU) it is combination of numbers of complex ALU and also ALU
are basic building blocks of Microprocessors, Digital Signal Processing (DSP),
Mobile and telecommunications, Laptops, wristwatches etc. The objective of this
paper is to present a modified low power ALU using GDI technique and to compare
that with the CMOS technique at 45nm
logic circuits have been implemented in various design styles. With rapid development of portable digital applications, the demand for
increasing speed, compact implementation, and low power dissipation. The wish
to improve the performance of logic circuits once based on traditional CMOS
technology, resulted in the development of many logic design techniques during
the last two .One form of logic that is popular in low-power digital circuits
is pass-transistor logic (PTL) 2.
Some of the main advantages of PTL over standard CMOS design are 1)
high speed, due to the small node capacitances; 2) low power dissipation, as a
result of the reduced number of transistors; and 3) lower interconnection
effects 3 due to a small area.
However, most of the PTL implementations
have two basic problems. First, the threshold drop across the single-channel
pass transistors results in reduced current drive and hence slower operation at
reduced supply voltages; this is particularly important for low-power design
since it is desirable to operate at the lowest possible voltage level. Second,
since the “high” input voltage level at the regenerative inverters is not, the
PMOS device in the inverter is not fully turned off, and hence direct-path
static power dissipation could be significant 4.
There are many sorts of PTL techniques
that intend to solve the problems mentioned above 5.
1) Transmission gate CMOS (TG) uses
transmission gate logic to realize complex logic functions using a small number
of complementary transistors. It solves the problem of low logic level swing by
using pMOS as well as nMOS 6.
2) Complementary pass-transistor logic
(CPL) features complementary inputs/outputs using nMOS pass-transistor logic
with CMOS output inverters. CPL’s most important feature is the small stack
height and the internal node low swing, which contribute to lowering the power
consumption. The CPL suffers from static power consumption due to the low swing
at the gates of the output inverters. To lower the power consumption of CPL
circuits, LCPL and SRPL circuit styles are used. Those styles contain pMOS
restoration transistors or cross-coupled inverters.
3) Double pass-transistor logic (DPL)
uses complementary transistors to keep full swing operation and reduce the dc
power consumption. This eliminates the need for restoration circuitry. One
disadvantage of DPL is the large area used due to the presence of pMOS
An additional problem of existing PTL is
top-down logic design complexity, which prevents the pass transistors from
capturing a major role in real logic LSIs 7. One of the main reasons for this
is that no simple and universal cell library is available for PTL-based design.
A new method to get small area low power consumption and
high-speed for low power digital combinational circuit design known as Gate
Diffusion Input .The GDI approach allows implementation of a wide range of complex logic
functions using only two transistors. This method is suitable for design of
fast, low-power circuits, using a reduced number of transistors (as compared to
CMOS and existing PTL techniques), while improving logic level swing and static
power characteristics and allowing simple top-down design by using small cell
DIFFUSION INPUT TECHNIQUE
Gate Diffusion Input – a new approach for low power digital combinational circuits this
approach allows reducing power consumptions, delay and area of the digital
circuits to maintain the low complexity of the logic design 2.
input technique allows implementation of a wide range of combinatorial
synchronous function using only two transistors. This method is found to be
suitable for design of fast,
low power circuits using only two transistors (as compared to CMOS and existing
PTL techniques), while simultaneously improving logic level swing and static
power characteristics and allows simple top down design methodology. The GDI
method is based on the use of simple cell as shown in Fig 1 At first glance the
basic cell resembles the standard CMOS inverter, but there are
important differences: GDI cell contain three inputs.-G (the common gate input
of the NMOS and PMOS transistors), P(input to the
outer diffusion node of the PMOS transistor) and N
to the outer diffusion node of the NMOS transistor).The out node (the common
diffusion of both transistors)may be used as input or output port depending on
Fig 1 Gate Diffusion Input
TABLE I Functions
Implemented Using Basic GDI Cell
The main three basic gates used in this
work are given below by using GDI technique
A. AND GATE
AND Gate is one of the main block of the design. An AND gate is two
input, one output logic circuit, whose output assume logic 1 state when both
inputs assumes a logic 1 state. When both the input assumes the logic 0 state,
or when one and only one of its two inputs assumes a logic 1 state the output assumes a
logic 0 state. Fig 2 shows the implementation of AND gate using GDI techniques.
It uses less number of transistors as compared to conventional design of AND
Gate using CMOS logic units.
2 AND Gate
B. OR GATE
An OR gate is two input, one output logic circuit,
whose output assume logic 1 state when one and only one of its two inputs
assumes a logic 1 state and when both the input assumes the logic 1 state. When
both the input assumes the logic 0 state, the output assumes a logic 0 state.
Fig 3 shows the implementation of OR gate using GDI techniques. It can reduce
number of transistors than conventional design of OR Gate using CMOS logic units.
Fig 3 OR Gate
C. XOR GATE
XOR Gate is the main block of the design. An XOR gate is two input,
one output logic circuit, whose output assume logic 1 state when one and only
one of its two inputs assumes a logic 1 state. When both the input assumes the
logic 0 state, or when both the input assumes the logic 1 state the output
assumes logic 0 states. Fig 4 shows the implementation of XOR gate using GDI
techniques. It uses less number of transistors as compared to conventional
design of XOR Gate using CMOS logic units.
Fig 4 XOR Gate
Comparative Study of GDI and CMOS Schematics
The above, Table
II shows the comparative study between GDI and CMOS for different logic gates
showing their schematics.
AND LOGICAL UNIT
Arithmetic Logic Unit (ALU) is
an integrated circuit within
a CPU or GPU that
performs arithmetic and logic operations. Arithmetic instructions include
addition, subtraction, and shifting operations, while logic instructions
include Boolean comparisons, such as AND, OR, XOR, and NOT operations. ALUs required in very large scale integrated circuits from
processors to application specific integrated circuits (ASICs).
Fig 5 GATE level diagram of Arithmetic and Logic Unit
Implemented a 2 Bit Arithmetic and logical unit. The major operation
performed by the ALU in this work is OR, AND, XOR and Addition. The main
features of this 2 Bit ALU are Low power technology, 1 arithmetic and 3 logical
operations, two select lines used to perform various operations at different
The major parts of proposed ALU are:-
Arithmetic Unit: – this unit provides an
arithmetic operation such as multiplier, addition and substation. In the
architecture a two bit adder is present with the carry.
Logical Unit: – this unit used to perform
logical operation with help of logic gates such as OR and XOR. This paper
present an OR, AND, XOR gate.
Unit: – it a basic unit, which is used to defined that what operation is to
perform depending upon the select line. This paper used a four input
multiplexer which is formed by the combination of AND, OR gate 1.
The design of
2-bit ALU consists of two 4×1 multiplexers,
two full adders, two XOR gates, two AND
gates and two OR gates. All the logical and arithmetic operations are performed
by the help of logic gates using GDI
technology. This result is then given to the multiplexer and the result
obtained is dependent on the input select line.
TABLE III ALU Operations
Here the ALU is implemented and
simulated using a tool CADENCE VIRTUOSO in 45 nm technology. The results are in
terms of average power, number of transistors and delay.
Fig 6 Schematic of Arithmetic and Logic Unit
The above given is the schematic circuit of ALU here two select line
were used to select the operation to be performed the schematic is drown using
GDI basic cell due to which the area of chip is reduced.
The below is the waveform of a GDI cell in which output waveform vary
according to the select line and input value provided.
Fig 7 Waveform of ALU using GDI
The table below compares the average power, number of transistors and delay
in GDI and CMOS technique.
TABLE IV Analysis of 2 Bit ALU in CMOS and GDI
Average Power (mW)
ALU With CMOS
ALU With GDI
The table below shows compare each blocks in ALU in GDI
and CMOS technique.
TABLE V Analysis of Different Blocks of ALU
In this paper, the comparison between CMOS and GDI Technique on 2
bit ALU take place and the above result conclude that the GDI technique is
better than CMOS technique. The topologies are realized using CADENCE VIRTUOSO
schematic tool. In any system design, the three main constraints which
determine the performance of the system are speed, area and power requirement
so the number of transistors, Power dissipation and propagation delay of ALU
were compared using CMOS and GDI techniques. GDI technique proved to have most excellent
result in terms of performance characteristics among all the design techniques.
Implementation of ALU by
using GDI technique can reduces number of transistor count so it is more area
efficient and also the power consumption and propagation delay decreases.
The Simulation shows that the ALU is implemented with less power that is 6mW
using GDI technique and this is very less as compared to 36mW (CMOS technology)
i.e. 60% of power reduction is achieved and delay of 0.306ps.
future, this work can be extended to higher bit and
more arithmetic and logic operations can be included.
Prof. Asha Panikar for her constructive comments and suggestions. Also thank
Jyothisree K.R the
staff of the Electronics
and Communication Department for their support during the work. Finally, I thank
the anonymous referees for their thorough review and useful comments references.