Considerations For Choosing The Right Low-Power Tools


By Cheryl Ajluni Regardless of what you are designing these days, one fact holds true: Your design is only as good as the design tools you use. Gone are the days when a design could be done on the back of napkin. Today, engineers require a complex ecosystem of interworking tools to guide them through the complex design flow. This is especially true when it comes to low-power design, as i... » read more

An Inside Look At Transaction-Level Power Modeling


By Ann Steffora Mutschler With design complexity always on the rise and an increasing amount of embedded software encapsulation in designs today, engineering teams need to be concerned with power consumption in the initial architectural design. The only way to do that is to model power consumption at the transaction level. While power is typically estimated after RTL synthesis, the better a... » read more

Low-Power Standards War


By Ann Steffora Mutschler To the uninitiated, establishing a technology standard may seem straightforward. In reality, the process is mired with technical and political issues as evidenced by the ongoing battle for a de facto low-power design standard between the Unified Power Format (UPF) and the Common Power Format (CPF).   Currently, UPF is with the IEEE for final ratification as P1801... » read more