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Voltage-Frequency Island Partitioning for GALS-based Networks-on-Chip

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Voltage-Frequency Island Partitioning for GALS-based Networks-on-Chip
Due to high levels of integration and complexity, the design of multi-core SoCs has become increasingly challenging. In particular, energy consumption and distributing a single global clock signal throughout a chip have become major design bottlenecks. To deal with these issues, a globally asynchronous, locally synchronous (GALS) design is considered for achieving low power consumption and modular design. Such a design style fits nicely with the concept of voltage-frequency islands (VFIs) which has been recently introduced for achieving fine-grain system-level power management. This paper proposes a design methodology for partitioning an NoC architecture into multiple VFIs and assigning supply and threshold voltage levels to each VFI. Simulation results show about 40% savings for a real video application and demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach in reducing the overall system energy consumption. The results and functional correctness are validated using an FPGA prototype for a...
Ümit Y. Ogras, Diana Marculescu, Puru Choudha
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Updated 12 Nov 2009
Type Conference
Year 2007
Where DAC
Authors Ümit Y. Ogras, Diana Marculescu, Puru Choudhary, Radu Marculescu
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