The Null Convention Logic (NCL) based asynchronous design technique has interested researchers because this technique had overcome disadvantages of the synchronous technique, such as noise, glitches, clock skew and power. However, using the NCL-based asynchronous design method is difficult for university students and researchers because of the lack of standard NCL cell libraries. Therefore, in this paper, a novel flow is proposed to design NCL cell libraries. These libraries are used to synthesize NCL-based asynchronous designs. We chose the static NCL cell library to illustrate the proposed design solution because this library is one of the most basic NCL libraries. Static NCL cells in this library are designed based on the Process Design Kit 45nm technology and are implemented by the Virtuoso and the Design Compiler (DC) tool. In addition, the Ocean script and Electronic Design Automation (EDA) environment are used for supporting designs and simulations. A complete library of 27 NCL cells was designed to serve for study and research. We also implemented synthesis for NCL full adders using this library and compared our synthesis results with the results of other authors. The comparison results indicated that our results were a 20% improvement on power consumption.
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