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Discrete-time battery models for system-level low-power design

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6 Author(s)
Benini, L. ; Dipartimento di Elettronica, Bologna Univ., Italy ; Castelli, G. ; Macii, A. ; Macii, E.
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For portable applications, long battery lifetime is the ultimate design goal. Therefore, the availability of battery and voltage converter models providing accurate estimates of battery lifetime is key for system-level low-power design frameworks. In this paper, we introduce a discrete-time model for the complete power supply subsystem that closely approximates the behavior of its circuit-level continuous-time counterpart. The model is abstract and efficient enough to enable event-driven simulation of digital systems described at a very high level of abstraction and that includes, among their components, also the power supply. The model gives the designer the possibility of estimating battery lifetime during system-level design exploration, as shown by the results we have collected on meaningful case studies. In addition, it is flexible and it can thus be employed for different battery chemistries.

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Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

Oct. 2001

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