Systolic architectures for matrix multiplication are compared in terms of the maximum speedup which can be achieved with increased processor count in a monolithically integrated circuit. The comparison process integrates the architectural characteristics and the technological parameters. The optimum systolic architecture is found for different limiting factors including switching delay, power dissipation, I/O bandwidth, and clock skew. The interplay between limiting factors is studied through the implementation of an innerproduct step processor using 3-üm CMOS technology and its down-scaled version. For a given chip size and technology there is a critical level of heat extraction which separates a power dissipation limited case from a switching delay limited case.
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