While some leakage power reduction techniques require modification of the process technology, others are based on circuit-level optimizations and are applied at run-time. We focus our study on the latter and compare three techniques: input vector control, body bias control, and power supply gating. We determine their limits and benefits in terms of the potential leakage reduction, performance penalty, and area and power overhead. The leakage power savings trends considering technology scaling are also presented. Due to the differences in the properties of datapath logic and memory structures, different implementations are recommended. Finally, the use of the "minimum idle time" parameter, as a metric for evaluating different leakage control mechanisms, is showed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems|
|State||Published - Nov 2004|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Hardware and Architecture
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering