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1998
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Reducing Power Consumption of Dedicated Processors Through Instruction Set Encoding

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Reducing Power Consumption of Dedicated Processors Through Instruction Set Encoding
With the increased clock frequency of modern, high-performance processors over 500 MHz, in some cases, limiting the power dissipation has become the most stringent design target. It is thus mandatory for processor engineers to resort to a large variety of optimization techniques to reduce the power requirements in the hot zones of the chip. In this paper, we focus on the power dissipated by the instruction fetch and decode logic, a portion of the processor architecture where a lot of capacitance switching normally takes place. We propose a methodology for determining an encoding of the instruction set that guarantees the minimization of the number of bit transitions occurring inside the registers of the pipeline stages involved in instruction fetching and decoding. The assignment of the binary patterns to the op-codes is driven by the statistics concerning instruction adjacency collected through instruction-level simulation of typical software applications; therefore, the technique is...
Luca Benini, Giovanni De Micheli, Alberto Macii, E
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Type Conference
Year 1998
Where GLVLSI
Authors Luca Benini, Giovanni De Micheli, Alberto Macii, Enrico Macii, Massimo Poncino
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