Logic Design for Array-Based Circuits

by Donnamaie E. White

Copyright © 1996, 2001, 2002 Donnamaie E. White


External Set-Up and Hold Times

Last Edit July 22, 2001

Case Study: Preventing Hold Violations Due To Clock Skew

Hold Time Considerations

Assume a typical 32-Bit shift register being driven by two clocks. No extraordinary design considerations are needed to maintain hold time when the Q output and D input are on flip/flops that are driven by the same clock net. (See Figure 6-4.) The AMCC Q5000 Bipolar macro library is used in the example.

Figure 6-4 32-Bit Register: Single Clock Path

If the clock nets are different (Figure 6-5), the two clock paths need to be analyzed to determine if the required hold time has been satisfied. Differences in tracking, fan-out and metal lengths between the paths can be significant and cause enough delay in the second path (PATH 2) to create a hold time

Figure 6-5 32-Bit Register: Two Clock Paths, Balanced Tree

CLK through D1 and through clock->Q on FF15 is the data path for the hold time computation for FF16. CLK through D2 and coming into the C input of FF16 is the corresponding clock path. The macro hold time, shown as Th for FF16, cannot be violated.


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