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By: Synopsys  05/12/2011

Power requirements today are among the most important design considerations for electronic devices across the spectrum. From personal mobile electronics primarily focused on battery life to gigantic server farms that form the “cloud”, power efficiency is a top concern, and the distinction between classes of devices is beginning to blur. The Eclypse Low Power Solution supports a broad array of low power design techniques to enable fast, first-time success on your critical design projects.

Mobile Internet Devices – An explosion in functionality
Driven historically by battery life considerations, today’s mobile internet devices employ the latest low power design techniques to minimize leakage power, including power gating multi-Vth, and well biasing. With the recent smartphone feature explosion, however, these devices are increasingly utilizing techniques traditionally aimed at dynamic power optimization, such as, clock gating, multi-voltage design, DVFS, and others.

Digital Home – Convergence is here
As the world moves to digital television, voice and data delivery, the proliferation of digital devices in the home continues to increase. Though most home digital devices are only used a few hours a day, they continue to consume electricity 24x7. Their sheer numbers combine to create a substantial drain on the power grid. Increasing energy costs and growing concerns about sustainability have made reducing standby power a top concern.

Digital Office – Servers, clients and mobility
The typical office today is filled with digital devices, each of which is consuming power. Including devices such as copiers, fax machines, desktops, routers, tablets, phones, and others, it is no wonder that green initiatives have grown to include the digital office. Today’s digital office requirements cover the spectrum of power efficiency requirements.

Data Center – Bigger and greener
With complex load balancing and ever-increasing demand, server farms have traditionally aimed at “performance at all cost.” However, the sheer number and size of existing data centers are already straining our power grids. The EPA estimates that in the US alone, the national energy consumption for servers and data centers could reach 100 billion kWh by 2011. With demand growing, as is the desire for “green solutions”, careful planning for power and cooling is now a necessity.

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is a team of design consultants with an extensive track record of helping customers complete their cutting-edge designs. With expertise in low power tools and techniques, can help you manage your chip’s dynamic and leakage power consumption. They will help you understand the inherent tradeoffs in using power-related technologies such as and . As an integral part of Synopsys, our consultants have a thorough understanding of the industry's leading low power design tools and methodologies and can assist you in deploying the latest low power techniques throughout the entire design flow, from initial design specification through functional verification, synthesis, implementation, and signoff.

Low power design is one of the fastest growing aspects of SoC design today. Though it has been a requirement for some applications, like cell phone design, it is a relatively new focus for other markets, such as digital home, office and data centers. Depending on your expertise and experience, low power design may be a relatively new specialty for you. To help bridge that gap, we’ve placed the following resources at your fingertips. These range from simple reference files, such as the low power glossary, to white papers, published articles and video tutorials.

Advanced Low Power Techniques
Low Power Related Books from Synopsys Press
White papers
Videos
Webinars
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