Voltage over-scaling: A cross-layer design perspective for energy efficient systems

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Today's multi-media electronic era is driven by the increasing demand for small multifunctional devices able to support diverse services. Unfortunately, the high levels of transistor integration and performance required by such devices lead to an unprecedented increase of on-chip power that significantly limits the battery lifetime and even poses reliability concerns. Several techniques have been developed to address the power increase, but voltage over-scaling (VOS) is considered to be one of the most effective ones due to the quadratic dependence of voltage on dynamic power consumption. However, VOS may not always be applicable since it increases the delay in all paths of a system and may limit high performance required by today's complex applications. In addition, application of VOS is further complicated since it increases the variations in transistor characteristics imposed by their tiny size which can lead to large delay and leakage variations, making it difficult to meet delay and power budgets. This paper presents a review of various cross-layer design options that can provide solutions for dynamic voltage over-scaling and can potentially assist in meeting the strict power budgets and yield/quality requirements of future systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 20th European Conference on Circuit Theory and Design, ECCTD 2011
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2011


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