Evaluating run-time techniques for leakage power reduction

D. Duarte, Yuh Fang Tsai, N. Vijaykrishnan, M. J. Irwin

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Abstract

While some leakage power reduction techniques require modification of process technology achieving savings at the fabrication stage, others are based on circuit-level optimizations and are applied at run-time. We focus our study on the latter kind 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 importance of the 'minimum idle time' parameter, as an additional evaluation tool, is emphasized, as well as the feasibility of achieving power supply gating at low levels of granularity. The obtained data supports the formulation of a comprehensive leakage reduction scheme, in which each technique is targeted for certain types of functional units and a given level of granularity depending on the incurred overhead cost and the obtainable savings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 7th Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference, 15th International Conference on VLSI Design, ASP-DAC/VLSI Design 2002
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages31-38
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)0769514413, 9780769514413
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Event7th Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference, 15th International Conference on VLSI Design, ASP-DAC/VLSI Design 2002 - Bangalore, India
Duration: Jan 7 2002Jan 11 2002

Publication series

NameProceedings - 7th Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference, 15th International Conference on VLSI Design, ASP-DAC/VLSI Design 2002

Other

Other7th Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference, 15th International Conference on VLSI Design, ASP-DAC/VLSI Design 2002
CountryIndia
CityBangalore
Period1/7/021/11/02

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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