Feel The (Low) Power

By Clive (Max) Maxfield When I designed my first ASIC way back in the mists of time (circa 1980), its power consumption was the last thing on my mind. You have to remember that we're talking about a device containing only about 2,000 equivalent gates implemented in a 5 micron technology. Also, I was designing this little scamp as a gate-register-level schematic using pencil and paper (I pr... » read more