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A methodology for high level power estimation and exploration

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2 Author(s)
Krishna, V. ; Center for Microelectron. Res., Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA ; Ranganathan, N.

Effective power reduction can be achieved at higher levels of design abstraction. A number of such techniques have been proposed for power optimization in the literature. These techniques use RT level templates which characterize the area, delay and power of the design. The templates are based on some knowledge of the logic block such as the number of nodes, levels and their interconnections. Methods which model the power consumption of a logic block whose internal details are not known are desirable to explore trade-offs early on in the design cycle. Recently, lower bounds for switching activity at the gate level based on decision theory have been proposed by the authors. This has been extended to derive the average switching activity of a module based solely on its functionality. The experimental results on ISCAS '85 benchmark circuits indicate that the approach gives reasonably accurate estimates at low computational cost. In this paper, we use the RT level estimates for pourer exploration at the behavioral level for various high level synthesis benchmarks. The experimental results show that appropriate design decisions can be taken at the high level to reduce the cost of redesigning which would be incurred if committed to a particular circuit structure

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VLSI, 1998. Proceedings of the 8th Great Lakes Symposium on

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19-21 Feb 1998