The design and testing of a superconducting programmable gate array

Van Heerden, Hein (2006-03)

Thesis (MScEng (Electrical and Electronic Engineering))--University of Stellenbosch, 2006.

Thesis

This thesis investigates to the design, analysis and testing of a Superconducting Programmable Gate Array (SPGA). The objective was to apply existing programmable logic concepts to RSFQ circuits and in the process develop a working prototype of a superconducting programmable logic device. Various programmable logic technologies and architectures were examined and compared to find the best solution. Using Rapid Single Flux Quantum (RSFQ) circuits as building blocks, a complete functional design was assembled incorporating a routing architecture and logic blocks. The Large-Scale Integrated circuit (LSI) layout of the final chip is presented and discussed followed by a discussion on testing. This thesis demonstrates the successful implementation of a fully functional reprogrammable logic device using RSFQ circuitry.

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