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A Hybrid Fault Tolerant Architecture for Robustness Improvement of Digital Circuits

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In this paper, a novel hybrid fault tolerant architecture for digital circuits is proposed in order to enable the use of future CMOS technology nodes. This architecture targets robustness, power consumption and yield at the same time, at area costs comparable to standard fault tolerance schemes. The architecture increases circuit robustness by tolerating both transient and permanent online faults. It consumes less power than the classical Triple Modular Redundancy (TMR) approach while utilizing comparable silicon area. It overcomes many permanent faults occurring throughout manufacturing while still tolerating soft errors introduced by particle strikes. These can be done by using scalable redundancy resources, while keeping the hardened combinational logic circuits intact. The technique combines different types of redundancy: information redundancy for error detection, temporal redundancy for soft error correction and hardware redundancy for hard error tolerance. Results on largest ISCAS and ITC benchmark circuits show that our approach has an area cost negligible of about 2% to 3% with a power consumption saving of about 30% compared to TMR. Finally, it deals with aging phenomenon and thus, increases the expected lifetime of logic circuits.
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lirmm-00651238 , version 1 (12-10-2023)

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Ahn Duc Tran, Arnaud Virazel, Alberto Bosio, Luigi Dilillo, Patrick Girard, et al.. A Hybrid Fault Tolerant Architecture for Robustness Improvement of Digital Circuits. ATS 2011 - 20th IEEE Asian Test Symposium, Nov 2011, New Delhi, India. pp.136-141, ⟨10.1109/ATS.2011.89⟩. ⟨lirmm-00651238⟩
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