Automating Coverage And Analysis Of Low Power Designs


There are some exciting new things in the just released IEEE1801-2015 (aka UPF 3.0), some of which have significant benefits for coverage of low power designs, which is what we’ll be looking at in this blog. One of these is improved semantics for the add power state command, introduced in IEEE1801-2009 (aka UPF 2.0). These clarifications to the add power state command allow you to clearly ... » read more

Next-Generation Power-Aware CDC Verification: What Have We Learned?


Reducing power consumption is essential to mobile and handheld application chips where reduced power contributes to longer battery life while minimally impacting performance. Reduced power consumption is achieved by partitioning an ASIC into multiple power domains, then controlling the power of these domains by switching off power or reducing voltage levels. Reduction of power consumption is fu... » read more

Power Management Verification Requires Holistic Approach


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss power management [getkc id="10" kc_name="Verification"] issues with Arvind Shanmugavel, senior director, applications engineering at [getentity id="22021" e_name="Ansys-Apache"]; Guillaume Boillet, technical marketing manager at [getentity id="22026" e_name="Atrenta"]; Adam Sherer, verification product management director at [getentity id="22032" e_... » read more

Experts At The Table: Low-Power Verification


By Ed Sperling Low-Power/High-Performance Engineering sat down to discuss power format changes with Sushma Hoonavera-Prasad, design engineer in Broadcom’s mobile platform group; John Biggs, consultant engineer for R&D and co-founder of ARM; Erich Marschner, product marketing manager at Mentor Graphics; Qi Wang, technical marketing group director at Cadence; and Jeffrey Lee, corporate ap... » read more

Delicate Balance


By Joe Hupcey III It’s not surprising that power optimization is a critical part of today’s complex designs. Unbeknownst to most consumers is an underlying methodology that every design engineer must follow to make sure a consumer device meets the power requirements of the consumer—even if the consumer doesn’t realize they’re demanding it. The situation in industrial products, suc... » read more

Experts At The Table: Low-Power Verification


By Ed Sperling Low-Power/High-Performance Engineering sat down to discuss power format changes with Sushma Hoonavera-Prasad, design engineer in Broadcom’s mobile platform group; John Biggs, consultant engineer for R&D and co-founder of ARM; Erich Marschner, product marketing manager at Mentor Graphics; Qi Wang, technical marketing group director at Cadence; and Jeffrey Lee, corporate app... » read more

Optimizing IP For Power


By Ed Sperling As the amount of commercial IP in an SoC increases, the entire bill of materials is coming under increasing scrutiny because of a new concern—power. Commercial IP, after all, is largely a collection of black-box solutions to speed up the time it takes to bring a chip to market, and frequently to improve the quality, but the cumulative impact on the system power budget has neve... » read more

Best Practices


By Tom Fitzpatrick Active power control management for low-power designs has become a hot topic, especially with the latest update to the Unified Power Format standard. Version 2.1 was approved by IEEE on March 6, 2013. UPF gives the ability to specify power control for different parts of a design, separate from the RTL itself. The advent of low-power design has greatly increased the comple... » read more

There Can Be Only One


By Cary Chin The tagline of the 1986 fantasy film “Highlander” implies that, at least in some instances, we eventually will arrive at a single, best solution for our problems. In the case of low-power design, the most obvious application of the phrase is in the standardization of low power intent formats, where the Unified Power Format (UPF) and the Common Power Format (CPF) have been lock... » read more

Guidelines For Designing Multi-Voltage ICs


By Arvind Narayanan Multi-voltage designs are increasingly common in ICs for mobile devices, but can be difficult to implement. The design flows for multi-voltage architectures are inherently complex and present many new challenges because many blocks are either operating at different voltages or are shut down intermittently. Multi-threshold CMOS switches enable switching off certain portio... » read more

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