Issue No. 06 - November/December (2008 vol. 28)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MM.2008.92
Jaume Abella , Intel Barcelona Research Center
Xavier Vera , Intel Barcelona Research Center
Osman S. Unsal , Intel Barcelona Research Center
Oguz Ergin , Intel Barcelona Research Center
Antonio González , Intel Barcelona Research Center and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
James W. Tschanz , Circuit Research Labs, Intel Corporation
Electromigration is a major source of wire and via failure. Refueling undoes EM for bidirectional wires and power/ground grids-some of a chip's most vulnerable wires. Refueling exploits EM's self-healing effect by balancing the amount of current flowing in both directions of a wire. It can significantly extend a wire's lifetime while reducing the chip area devoted to wires.
reliability, testing, fault-tolerance, design styles, physical structures, advanced technologies, electromigration
O. Ergin, A. González, X. Vera, J. W. Tschanz, J. Abella and O. S. Unsal, "Refueling: Preventing Wire Degradation due to Electromigration," in IEEE Micro, vol. 28, no. , pp. 37-46, 2008.