Comparative Analysis of 8-bit Adders for Embedded Application

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Comparative Analysis of 8-bit Adders for Embedded Application

1Kunjan D. Shinde

2nd Year, M.Tech. in Digital Electronics, Dept. of Electronics & Communication Engineering

SDMCET, Dharwad – 02 Karnataka, INDIA

2Jayashree C. Nidagundi

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Electronics & Communication Engineering SDMCET, Dharwad – 02

Karnataka, INDIA

Abstract Digital computations and processing is involved in each and every embedded and non-embedded device, such applications and devices has arithmetic logic unit, adders are most important and essential block of these system, design and selection of adders plays a very important role, this paper presents a comparative study of five different adders like Ripple Carry Adder, Carry Skip Adder, Carry Lookahead Adder, Kogge Stone Adder, with performance metrics as delay and area. From the results it is clear that Kogge Stone Adder provides a less delay with a compromise in area.

Keywords Ripple Carry Adder, Carry Skip Adder, Carry Lookahead Adder, Kogge Stone Adder, Delay, No. of slices, No. of LUTs.

diagram and gate level schematic of 1-bit full adder. To obtain the 8-bit Ripple Carry Adder it requires 8 stages of 1-bit full adders, the carryout of one stage is fed directly to the carry-in of the next stage which is shown in Fig. 2. For an n-bit parallel adder, it requires n full adder[2][5].

Drawbacks of Ripple Carry Adder

  • Not very efficient when large bit numbers are used

  • Delay increases linearly with the bit length


Adders are fundamental and most essential blocks in every digital system, design of effective and reliable adders plays a important role[1], as the technology is scaled down the complexity in the design increases with some reduction is the performance of the adders, in this paper a different set of adders like Ripple Carry Adder, Carry Skip Adder, Carry Lookahead Adder, Kogge Stone Adder are designed using Verilog coding and the performance of the adders are tabulated,

A simple adder performs the addition of given two numbers and the result is sum of those two numbers. Adders can be implemented in different ways using different technologies at different levels of architectures. [2] Design of high speed and reliable adders is the prime objective and requirement for embedded applications as the technology is scaled down. Binary addition is a fundamental operation in most digital circuits. There are a variety of adders, each has certain performance. Adder is selected depending on where the adder is to be used.

Ripple Carry Adder (RCA)

A combinational circuit that adds two bits is called a half adder, A combinational circuit that adds two bits along with the carry generated/ carry in bit is called as full adder. The ripple carry adder is constructed by cascading full adder blocks in series, Fig-1.a. and Fig. 1.b. shows the block

Figure 1.a. Block Diagram of 1-bit full adder

Figure 1.b. Schematic of 1-bit Full Adder

Figure 2. Block Diagram of Ripple Carry Adder

Equation of Ripple Carry Adder

Si= Ai XOR Bi (1)

The worst case of delay might happen when the inputs at 1st stage are at logic 1 and/or any one of the input is at logic 1 an at this time the carry in is also at logic 1, at this state the carry propagated is carried out till the last stage and the delay in generating proper result is large and hence it the largest carry propagation path that can occur in the RCA.


The design of a carry-skip adder is based on the classical definition propagate signals as follows

Pi = Ai XOR Bi (2)

where Pi is the propagate signal and Ai and Bi are the input operands to the ith adder cell, Ci is the carry input to the ith cell. The carry out from the ith adder cell is expressed as

Ci+1 = (Ai AND Bi) OR ( Pi AND Ci) (3)

Figure 3 shows the block diagram of 8-bit Carry Skip Adder, the block diagram is obtained from the equations mentioned above

Figure 3. Block Diagram of Carry Skip Adder

It is stated that Carry Skip Adder provides better results in generating carryout signal when compared with Ripple Carry Adder, where as the area occupied is larger than that of Ripple Carry Adder.


The carry lookahead adder (CLA) solves the carry delay problem by calculating the carry signals in advance based on the input signals. It is based on the fact that a carry signal will be generated in two cases: (1) when both bits and are 1, or (2) when one of the two bits is high and the carry-in is high.[3][5]

Equations of Carry Lookahead Adder

Pi = Ai OR Bi (4)

Gi = Ai AND Bi (5)

Si = Ai XOR Bi XOR Ci (6)

Ci+1= Gi OR ( Pi AND Ci) (7)

Where Pi is propagate Signal and Gi is generate signal and Si is the final sum output. The carry out of ith adder is obtained by equation (7). [3]

The above two equations can be written in terms of two new signals and which are shown in Figure 4:

Figure 4. Processing Stages of Carry Lookahead Adder[5]

Figure 5. Block Diagram of Carry Lookahead Adder


KSA is a parallel prefix form carry look ahead adder [1] It generates carry in O (logn) time and is widely considered as the fastest adder and is widely used in the industry for high performance arithmetic circuits. [1] ,In KSA, carries are computed fast by computing them in parallel at the cost of increased area. [1]

  • Prefix: The outcome of the operation depends on the initial inputs.

  • Parallel: Involves the execution of an operation in parallel. This is done by segmentation into smaller pieces that are computed in parallel

[5],[6]As mentioned earlier the Kogge Stone Adder is a parallel prefix form of Carry Look ahead Adder and the figure 4 shows the processing stages of Carry Look ahead adder and its equation for implementing/designing the same

Figure 6. Parallel Prefix Adder stages[4]

The complete functioning of KSA can be easily comprehended by analyzing it in terms of three distinct parts [4][7][8]:

  1. Pre processing

    Pi = Ai XOR Bi (8)

    Gi = Ai AND Bi (9)

  2. Carry look ahead network

    Pi:j = Pi:k+1 AND Pk:j (10)

    Gi:j = Gi:k+1OR (Pi:k+1 AND Gk:j ) (11)

  3. Post processing


    Figure 8. shows the simulation results for all the adders give same inputs to every adder & the result of which is also the same and hence verifying the functionality of the adders mentioned above in this paper.

    Figure 8. Simulation results of all the Adders for a common

    set of inputs.

    Table 1 and 2 gives the comparative performance analysis of various adders mentioned above and speed is one of the criteria for the selection of embedded product for which Kogge Stone Adder provides the better results compared to other adders with compromise in the area. (KSA has a bit more area compared to other adders)

    Table 1. Comparative Performance Analysis of Different Adders


    Performance Metrics

    No. of Slices

    No. of 4 input


    No. of Bounde

    d IOBs


    Macro statistics

    Ripple Carry Adder (Data flow)





    1-bit Xor3-08

    Ripple Carry Adder (structural)




    1-bit Xor3-08

    Carry Skip Adder (Data flow)





    1-bit Xor – 13

    Carry Skip Adder (Structural)





    1-bit Xor – 16

    Carry Lookahead Adder( Data flow)





    1-bit Xor2-15

    Kogge Stone Adder (Data flow)





    1-bit Xor2-16

    Kogge Stone Adder (Structural)





    1-bit Xor2-16

    Si = pi XOR Ci-1 (12)

    Figure 7. Schematic of 8 bit Kogge Stone Adder

    Table 2. Comparative analysis of different adders with performance measure as delay


    Logic Delay

    Route Delay



    Ripple Carry Adder

    (Data flow)

    09.456 ns

    07.424 ns

    16.880 ns

    Ripple Carry


    09.456 ns

    07.646 ns

    17.102 ns

    Carry Skip

    Adder(Data flow)

    09.456 ns

    07.485 ns

    16.941 ns

    Carry Skip


    09.456 ns

    07.485 ns

    16.941 ns

    Carry Lookahead

    Adder( Data flow)

    08.977 ns

    06.881 ns


    Kogge Stone

    Adder(Data flow)

    09.456 ns

    07.609 ns

    17.065 ns

    Kogge Stone



    06.799 ns

    15.776 ns

    Figures from Fig. 9 to Fig. 15 give the Top Level Schematic Implementation result of various adders mentioned above.

    Figure 9.Technology Schematic of Ripple Carry Adder (Data Flow


    Figure 10.Technology Schematic of Ripple Carry Adder ( Structural


    Figure 11.Technology Schematic of Carry Skip Adder (Data Flow Modeling)

    Figure 12.Technology Schematic of Carry Skip Adder ( Structural Modeling)

    Figure13.Technology Schematic of Carry Lookahead Adder (Data Flow Modeling)

    Figure 14.Technology Schematic of Kogge Stone Adder (Data Flow Modeling)

    Figure 15.Technology Schematic of Kogge Stone Adder ( Structural Modeling)


    From the simulation results the functional verification of the adders is done and from the synthesis report it is observed that, the Kogge Stone Adder gives better results compared to the other adders implemented in this paper, the area for the KSA is larger than RCA,CSA and CLA, from the top level schematic of all the above adders it is clear that the area for RCA, CSA and CLA the device utilization is same but the way they are implemented is different and the same is observed KSA adder design.


    The Authors would like to thank the management and the Principal of SDMCET Dharwad for providing all the support and we would also like to thank Dept. of Electronics and Communication Engineering, SDMCET, for all the resources & support provided.


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Mr. Kunjan D. Shinde received B E degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering from university of Visveswaraya Technology, Belgaum and pursuing M.Tech. in Digital Electronics from University of Visveswaraya, Belgaum. His research interests include VLSI design, Error Control Coding, Robotics and

Digital system design.

Mrs. Jayashree C. Nidagundi is with SDMCET, Dharwad, Karnataka, India. She is serving as Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronics & Communications Engineering. Her research interests include VLSI design, Error Control Coding and Digital Circuit


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