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ESSCIRC 2018
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A Wide Dynamic Range Sparse FC-DNN Processor with Multi-Cycle Banked SRAM Read and Adaptive Clocking in 16nm FinFET

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Abstract

Always-on classifiers for sensor data require a very wide operating range to support a variety of real-time workloads and must operate robustly at low supply voltages. We present a 16nm always-on wake-up controller with a fully-connected (FC) Deep Neural Network (DNN) accelerator that operates from 0.4-1 V. Calibration-free automatic voltage/frequency tuning is provided by tracking small non-zero Razor timing-error rates, and a novel timing-error driven sync-free fast adaptive clocking scheme provides resilience to on-chip supply voltage noise. The model access burden of neural networks is relaxed using a multicycle SRAM read, which allows memory voltage to be reduced at iso-throughput. The wide operating range allows for high performance at 1.36GHz, low-power consumption down to 750μW and state-of-the-art raw efficiency at 16-bit precision of 750 GOPS/W dense, or 1.81 TOPS/W sparse.

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16 Oct 2018

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ESSCIRC 2018

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