2014 Volume E97.C Issue 3 Pages 188-193
Recently, we proposed a new data-path architecture, named a large-scale reconfigurable data-path (LSRDP), based on single-flux-quantum (SFQ) circuits, to establish a fundamental technology for future high-end computers. In this architecture, a large number of SFQ floating-point units (FPUs) are used as core components, and their high performance and low power consumption are essential. In this research, we implemented an SFQ half-precision bit-serial floating-point multiplier (FPM) with a target clock frequency of 50GHz, using the AIST 10kA/cm2 Nb process. The FPM was designed, based on a systolic-array architecture. It contains 11,066 Josephson junctions, including on-chip high-speed test circuits. The size and power consumption of the FPM are 6.66mm × 1.92mm and 2.83mW, respectively. Its correct operation was confirmed at a maximum frequency of 93.4GHz for the exponent part and of 72.0GHz for the significand part by on-chip high-speed tests.