Near-Threshold Computing

By Bhanu Kapoor There were two main contributing factors to power becoming a big problem ("The Power Wall") starting around the 65nm process technology. First, the fast-growing leakage component became as significant as the dynamic power. Second, the scaling of the supply voltage stopped around 1.1 volts. Process technology advances such as HKMG and 3D tri-gate transistors have enabled con... » read more