 Carrylookahead adder

A carrylookahead adder (CLA) is a type of adder used in digital logic. A carrylookahead adder improves speed by reducing the amount of time required to determine carry bits. It can be contrasted with the simpler, but usually slower, ripple carry adder for which the carry bit is calculated alongside the sum bit, and each bit must wait until the previous carry has been calculated to begin calculating its own result and carry bits (see adder for detail on ripple carry adders). The carrylookahead adder calculates one or more carry bits before the sum, which reduces the wait time to calculate the result of the larger value bits. The KoggeStone adder and BrentKung adder are examples of this type of adder.
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Theory of operation
A ripplecarry adder works in the same way as pencilandpaper methods of addition. Starting at the rightmost (least significant) digit position, the two corresponding digits are added and a result obtained. It is also possible that there may be a carry out of this digit position (for example, in pencilandpaper methods, "9+5=4, carry 1"). Accordingly all digit positions other than the rightmost need to take into account the possibility of having to add an extra 1, from a carry that has come in from the next position to the right.
This means that no digit position can have an absolutely final value until it has been established whether or not a carry is coming in from the right. Moreover, if the sum without a carry is 9 (in pencilandpaper methods) or 1 (in binary arithmetic), it is not even possible to tell whether or not a given digit position is going to pass on a carry to the position on its left. At worst, when a whole sequence of sums comes to ...99999999... (in decimal) or ...11111111... (in binary), nothing can be deduced at all until the value of the carry coming in from the right is known, and that carry is then propagated to the left, one step at a time, as each digit position evaluated "9+1=0, carry 1" or "1+1=0, carry 1". It is the "rippling" of the carry from right to left that gives a ripplecarry adder its name, and its slowness. When adding 32bit integers, for instance, allowance has to be made for the possibility that a carry could have to ripple through every one of the 32 onebit adders.
Carry lookahead depends on two things:
 Calculating, for each digit position, whether that position is going to propagate a carry if one comes in from the right.
 Combining these calculated values to be able to deduce quickly whether, for each group of digits, that group is going to propagate a carry that comes in from the right.
Supposing that groups of 4 digits are chosen. Then the sequence of events goes something like this:
 All 1bit adders calculate their results. Simultaneously, the lookahead units perform their calculations.
 Suppose that a carry arises in a particular group. Within at most 3 gate delays, that carry will emerge at the lefthand end of the group and start propagating through the group to its left.
 If that carry is going to propagate all the way through the next group, the lookahead unit will already have deduced this. Accordingly, before the carry emerges from the next group the lookahead unit is immediately (within 1 gate delay) able to tell the next group to the left that it is going to receive a carry  and, at the same time, to tell the next lookahead unit to the left that a carry is on its way.
The net effect is that the carries start by propagating slowly through each 4bit group, just as in a ripplecarry system, but then move 4 times as fast, leaping from one lookahead carry unit to the next. Finally, within each group that receives a carry, the carry propagates slowly within the digits in that group.
The more bits in a group, the more complex the lookahead carry logic becomes, and the more time is spent on the "slow roads" in each group rather than on the "fast road" between the groups (provided by the lookahead carry logic). On the other hand, the fewer bits there are in a group, the more groups have to be traversed to get from one end of a number to the other, and the less acceleration is obtained as a result.
Deciding the group size to be governed by lookahead carry logic requires a detailed analysis of gate and propagation delays for the particular technology being used.
It is possible to have more than one level of lookahead carry logic, and this is in fact usually done. Each lookahead carry unit already produces a signal saying "if a carry comes in from the right, I will propagate it to the left", and those signals can be combined so that each group of (let us say) four lookahead carry units becomes part of a "supergroup" governing a total of 16 bits of the numbers being added. The "supergroup" lookahead carry logic will be able to say whether a carry entering the supergroup will be propagated all the way through it, and using this information, it is able to propagate carries from right to left 16 times as fast as a naive ripple carry. With this kind of twolevel implementation, a carry may first propagate through the "slow road" of individual adders, then, on reaching the lefthand end of its group, propagate through the "fast road" of 4bit lookahead carry logic, then, on reaching the lefthand end of its supergroup, propagate through the "superfast road" of 16bit lookahead carry logic.
Again, the group sizes to be chosen depend on the exact details of how fast signals propagate within logic gates and from one logic gate to another.
For very large numbers (hundreds or even thousands of bits) lookahead carry logic does not become any more complex, because more layers of supergroups and supersupergroups can be added as necessary. The increase in the number of gates is also moderate: if all the group sizes are 4, one would end up with one third as many lookahead carry units as there are adders. However, the "slow roads" on the way to the faster levels begin to impose a drag on the whole system (for instance, a 256bit adder could have up to 24 gate delays in its carry processing), and the mere physical transmission of signals from one end of a long number to the other begins to be a problem. At these sizes carrysave adders are preferable, since they spend no time on carry propagation at all.
Carry lookahead method
Carry lookahead logic uses the concepts of generating and propagating carries. Although in the context of a carry lookahead adder, it is most natural to think of generating and propagating in the context of binary addition, the concepts can be used more generally than this. In the descriptions below, the word digit can be replaced by bit when referring to binary addition.
The addition of two 1digit inputs A and B is said to generate if the addition will always carry, regardless of whether there is an input carry (equivalently, regardless of whether any less significant digits in the sum carry). For example, in the decimal addition 52 + 67, the addition of the tens digits 5 and 6 generates because the result carries to the hundreds digit regardless of whether the ones digit carries (in the example, the ones digit does not carry (2+7=9)).
In the case of binary addition, A + B generates if and only if both A and B are 1. If we write G(A,B) to represent the binary predicate that is true if and only if A + B generates, we have:
The addition of two 1digit inputs A and B is said to propagate if the addition will carry whenever there is an input carry (equivalently, when the next less significant digit in the sum carries). For example, in the decimal addition 37 + 62, the addition of the tens digits 3 and 6 propagate because the result would carry to the hundreds digit if the ones were to carry (which in this example, it does not). Note that propagate and generate are defined with respect to a single digit of addition and do not depend on any other digits in the sum.
In the case of binary addition, A + B propagates if and only if at least one of A or B is 1. If we write P(A,B) to represent the binary predicate that is true if and only if A + B propagates, we have:
Sometimes a slightly different definition of propagate is used. By this definition A + B is said to propagate if the addition will carry whenever there is an input carry, but will not carry if there is no input carry. It turns out that the way in which generate and propagate bits are used by the carry lookahead logic, it doesn't matter which definition is used. In the case of binary addition, this definition is expressed by:
For binary arithmetic, or is faster than xor and takes fewer transistors to implement. However, for a multiplelevel carry lookahead adder, it is simpler to use .
Given these concepts of generate and propagate, when will a digit of addition carry? It will carry precisely when either the addition generates or the next less significant bit carries and the addition propagates. Written in boolean algebra, with C_{i} the carry bit of digit i, and P_{i} and G_{i} the propagate and generate bits of digit i respectively,
Implementation details
For each bit in a binary sequence to be added, the Carry Look Ahead Logic will determine whether that bit pair will generate a carry or propagate a carry. This allows the circuit to "preprocess" the two numbers being added to determine the carry ahead of time. Then, when the actual addition is performed, there is no delay from waiting for the ripple carry effect (or time it takes for the carry from the first Full Adder to be passed down to the last Full Adder). Below is a simple 4bit generalized Carry Look Ahead circuit that combines with the 4bit Ripple Carry Adder we used above with some slight adjustments:
For the example provided, the logic for the generate (g) and propagate (p) values are given below. Note that the numeric value determines the signal from the circuit above, starting from 0 on the far left to 3 on the far right:
Substituting C_{1} into C_{2}, then C_{2} into C_{3}, then C_{3} into C_{4} yields the expanded equations:
To determine whether a bit pair will generate a carry, the following logic works:
To determine whether a bit pair will propagate a carry, either of the following logic statements work:
The reason why this works is based on evaluation of . The only difference in the truth tables between () and (A + B) is when both A and B are 1. However, if both A and B are 1, then the G_{0} term is 1 (since its equation is ), and the term becomes irrelevant. The XOR is used normally within a basic full adder circuit; the OR is an alternate option (for a carry lookahead only) which is far simpler in transistorcount terms.
The Carry Look Ahead 4bit adder can also be used in a higherlevel circuit by having each CLA Logic circuit produce a propagate and generate signal to a higherlevel CLA Logic circuit. The group propagate (PG) and group generate (GG) for a 4bit CLA are:
Putting 4 4bit CLAs together yields four group propagates and four group generates. A Lookahead Carry Unit (LCU) takes these 8 values and uses identical logic to calculate C_{i} in the CLAs. The LCU then generates the carry input for each of the 4 CLAs and a fifth equal to C_{16}.
The calculation of the gate delay of a 16bit adder (using 4 CLAs and 1 LCU) is not as straight forward as the ripple carry adder. Starting at time of zero:
 calculation of P_{i} and G_{i} is done at time 1
 calculation of C_{i} is done at time 3
 calculation of the PG is done at time 2
 calculation of the GG is done at time 3
 calculation of the inputs for the CLAs from the LCU are done at
 time 0 for the first CLA
 time 5 for the second CLA
 time 5 for the third & fourth CLA
 calculation of the S_{i} are done at
 time 4 for the first CLA
 time 8 for the second CLA
 time 8 for the third & fourth CLA
 calculation of the final carry bit (C_{16}) is done at time 5
The maximum time is 8 gate delays (for S_{[8 − 15]}). A standard 16bit ripple carry adder would take 31 gate delays.
Manchester carry chain
The Manchester carry chain is a variation of the carrylookahead adder that uses shared logic to lower the transistor count. As can be seen above in the implementation section, the logic for generating each carry contains all of the logic used to generate the previous carries. A Manchester carry chain generates the intermediate carries by tapping off nodes in the gate that calculates the most significant carry value. Not all logic families have these internal nodes, however, CMOS being a major example. Dynamic logic can support shared logic, as can transmission gate logic. One of the major downsides of the Manchester carry chain is that the capacitive load of all of these outputs, together with the resistance of the transistors causes the propagation delay to increase much more quickly than a regular carry lookahead. A Manchestercarrychain section generally won't exceed 4 bits.
See also
 Full adder
 Carry save adder
 Lookahead Carry Unit
 KoggeStone Adder
 Carry bypass adder
External links
References
 Hardware algorithms for arithmetic modules, ARITH research group, Aoki lab., Tohoku University
 Katz, Randy (1994). Contemporary Logic Design. The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company. pp. 249–256. doi:10.1016/00262692(95)900527. ISBN 0805327037.
Categories: Computer arithmetic
 Adders
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