Optimizing For Energy In Physical Design


Energy is a precious resource, which should not be wasted. Energy drives economies and sustains societies. Predictions show that the energy of electronics may soon consume 20% to 33% of the global energy supply, as it is highlighted in this blog post about "Design and Manufacturing in 2030" from Greg Yeric, fellow at Arm. Energy efficiency is such an important global issue that it is ... » read more

Semiconductors And The Climate Curve


On July 22 I participated in a panel at the virtual SEMICON West conference called “Bending the Climate Curve: Enabling Sustainable Growth of Big Data, AI, and Cloud Computing.” Virtual conferences are mandatory these days, but give a different experience than physical ones. They are very good at disseminating information and are reasonably effective at networking. But, in my experience... » read more

Meeting The Power Management Challenges Of The Smart Grid


This white paper reviews the challenges of the modern power distribution grid. Utilizing better power management techniques can improve the design of energy distribution automation systems, resulting in higher energy availability, serviceability, predictive maintenance, as well as fault detection, isolation, and mitigation. Learn new ways of power management to improve the design of automation ... » read more

Three Levers for Accelerating Lightweighting in Aerospace: Advanced Materials, Additive Manufacturing, Materials Intelligence


Accelerating the delivery of lighter weight aircraft is possible by focusing on three key levers: more extensive use of advanced materials, broader adoption of new manufacturing techniques and extraction of more value from existing materials data. This white paper delves into the opportunities and challenges presented by each, and provides best practices for reducing fuel costs and emissions th... » read more

IoT For Building Energy Systems In Zero-Emission Buildings


By Dirk Mayer and Olaf Enge-Rosenblatt How can buildings contribute to a significant reduction in global primary energy consumption? Due to the global trend toward reducing CO2 emissions and resource conservation, the demands are increasing with regard to the efficiency of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems operated in buildings. In conflict with calls for fas... » read more

Focus Shifts To Wasted Power


Mobile phones made the industry aware of power, but now the focus is shifting to the total energy needed to perform a task. Activity that is unnecessary to perform the intended task is wasted power, and reducing it requires some new methodologies and structural changes within development teams. There is a broadening awareness about power. "The companies doing SoCs for mobile lead the charge ... » read more

Taking Energy Into Account


Considering power throughout the SoC design flow is common practice. The same cannot be said for energy, although that is beginning to change as chips increasingly incorporate heterogeneous processing elements. Combined with this, AI/ML/DL technologies increasingly allow engineering teams to explore and optimize design data for more targeted and efficient systems. But this approach also requ... » read more

DRAM Tradeoffs: Speed Vs. Energy


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to talk about new DRAM options and considerations with Frank Ferro, senior director of product management at Rambus; Marc Greenberg, group director for product marketing at Cadence; Graham Allan, senior product marketing manager for DDR PHYs at Synopsys; and Tien Shiah, senior manager for memory marketing at Samsung Electronics. What follows are excerpts of th... » read more

Copy-Row DRAM (CROW) : Substrate for Improving DRAM


Source/Credit: ETH Zurich & Carnegie Mellon University Click here for the technical paper and here for the power point slides » read more

The Limits Of Energy Harvesting


Energy harvesting, once considered an inexpensive alternative to low-power design and a way of achieving nearly unlimited power in mobile devices, has settled down to more modest expectations. This approach to generating energy through a variety of means—from solar to motion to ambient RF and even pH differences between soil and trees—has been proven to work. The problem is that it doesn... » read more

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