Optimizing finfet technology for high-speed and low-power design

Tarun Sairam, Wei Zhao, Yu Cao

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

38 Scopus citations


The threshold voltage (Vth) of a FinFET device varies between the on and off mode: Vth is lower when the transistor is on and it is higher when the transistor is off. Such a property is ideal for low-power designs with low supply voltage (Vdd). The low Vth provides high circuit speed even when Vdd is low, while the high standby Vth effectively controls the leakage. In this work, we exploit this property to achieve both high-speed and low-power operations. First, we develop an equivalent sub-circuit model of a FinFET transistor for design explorations. The accuracy of this model is verified with TCAD simulations. Then, we optimize key device parameters to obtain a large range of Vth between dynamic and standby mode: a thicker gate oxide and a thinner silicon body are desirable for this low-power design. Using the optimized FinFET device at 32nm node, we demonstrate that more than 35% reduction in total energy can be achieved without sacrificing the speed. We further benchmark the performance of representative logic and memory units under process variations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGLSVLSI'07
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2007 ACM Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2007
Event17th Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI, GLSVLSI'07 - Stresa-Lago Maggiore, Italy
Duration: Mar 11 2007Mar 13 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI, GLSVLSI


Other17th Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI, GLSVLSI'07
CityStresa-Lago Maggiore


  • Energy
  • FinFET
  • Noise margin
  • Power
  • Speed
  • Threshold voltage
  • Variations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Optimizing finfet technology for high-speed and low-power design'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this