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Exploiting Half-Wits: Smarter Storage for Low-Power Devices

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Exploiting Half-Wits: Smarter Storage for Low-Power Devices
This work analyzes the stochastic behavior of writing to embedded flash memory at voltages lower than recommended by a microcontroller’s specifications to reduce energy consumption. Flash memory integrated within a microcontroller typically requires the entire chip to operate on common supply voltage almost double what the CPU portion requires. Our approach tolerates a lower supply voltage so that the CPU may operate in a more energy efficient manner. Energy efficient coding algorithms then cope with flash memory that behaves unpredictably. Our software-only coding algorithms (in-place writes, multiple-place writes, RS-Berger codes) enable reliable storage at low voltages on unmodified hardware by exploiting the electrically cumulative nature of half-written data in write-once bits. For a sensor monitoring application using the MSP430, coding with in-place writes reduces the overall energy consumption by 34%. In-place writes are competitive when the time spent on computation i...
Mastooreh Salajegheh, Yue Wang, Kevin Fu, Anxiao J
Added 28 Aug 2011
Updated 28 Aug 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where FAST
Authors Mastooreh Salajegheh, Yue Wang, Kevin Fu, Anxiao Jiang, Erik G. Learned-Miller
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