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Power switch characterization for fine-grained dynamic voltage scaling

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Power switch characterization for fine-grained dynamic voltage scaling
—Dynamic voltage scaling (DVS) provides power savings for systems with varying performance requirements. One low overhead implementation of DVS uses PMOS power switches to connect DVS blocks to one of the available VDD supplies. While power switches have been analyzed extensively for leakage power gating, proper design of power switches for DVS is less well understood. This paper characterizes power switches for DVS in terms of VDD-switching delay and VDDswitching energy. We show the impact of these switching overheads on a novel fine-grained DVS architecture and present an RC model that allows fast estimation of the overhead. Measurements of a DVS multiplier and adder on a 90nm CMOS test chip validate the model. Our model and measurements confirm that power switched DVS can provide sufficiently low overhead to give energy savings with only one clock cycle spent at a lower voltage, making this approach a flexible and enticing option for embedded portable systems.
Liang Di, Mateja Putic, John Lach, Benton H. Calho
Added 15 Mar 2010
Updated 15 Mar 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Where ICCD
Authors Liang Di, Mateja Putic, John Lach, Benton H. Calhoun
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