AM06: the Associative Memory chip for the Fast TracKer in the upgraded ATLAS detector
A Annovi, MM Beretta, G Calderini, F Crescioli, L Frontini, V Liberali, SR Shojaii, A Stabile
JOURNAL OF INSTRUMENTATION | IOP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2017
This paper describes the AM06 chip, which is a highly parallel processor for pattern recognition in the ATLAS high energy physics experiment. The AM06 contains memory banks that store data organized in 18 bit words; a group of 8 words is called "pattern". Each AM06 chip can store up to 131 072 patterns. The AM06 is a large chip, designed in 65 nm CMOS, and it combines full-custom memory arrays, standard logic cells and serializer/deserializer IP blocks at 2 Gbit/s for input/output communication. The overall silicon area is 168 mm2 and the chip contains about 421 million transistors. The AM06 receives the detector data for each event accepted by Level-1 trigger, up to 100 kHz, and it performs..View full abstract
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