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In the modern graphics processing unit (GPU)/artificial intelligence (AI) era, flip-flop (FF) has become one of the most power-hungry blocks in processors. To address this issue, a novel single-phase-clock dual-edge-triggering (DET) FF using a single-transistor-clocked (STC) buffer (STCB) is proposed. The STCB uses a single-clocked transistor in the data sampling path, which completely removes clock redundant transitions (RTs) and internal RTs that exist in other DET designs. Verified by post-layout simulations in 22 nm fully depleted silicon on insulator (FD-SOI) CMOS, when operating at 10% switching activity, the proposed STC-DET outperforms prior state-of-the-art low-power DET in power consumption by 14% and 9.5%, at 0.4 and 0.8 V, respectively. It also achieves the lowest power-delay-product (PDP) among the DETs.


This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, volume 31, issue 5, in 2023.


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