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Power Optimization and Synthesis at Behavioral and System Levels Using Formal Methods


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Jui-Ming Chang, Massoud Pedram
    Pages 1-16
  3. Jui-Ming Chang, Massoud Pedram
    Pages 17-45
  4. Jui-Ming Chang, Massoud Pedram
    Pages 47-78
  5. Jui-Ming Chang, Massoud Pedram
    Pages 79-118
  6. Jui-Ming Chang, Massoud Pedram
    Pages 119-151
  7. Jui-Ming Chang, Massoud Pedram
    Pages 153-156
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 157-167

About this book


Integrated circuit densities and operating speeds continue to rise at an exponential rate. Chips, however, cannot get larger and faster without a sharp decrease in power consumption beyond the current levels. Minimization of power consumption in VLSI chips has thus become an important design objective. In fact, with the explosive growth in demand for portable electronics and the usual push toward more complex functionality and higher performance, power consumption has in many cases become the limiting factor in satisfying the market demand.
A new generation of power-conscious CAD tools are coming onto the market to help designers estimate, optimize and verify power consumption levels at most stages of the IC design process. These tools are especially prevalent at the register-transfer level and below. There is a great need for similar tools and capabilities at the behavioral and system levels of the design process. Many researchers and CAD tool developers are working on high-level power modeling and estimation, as well as power-constrained high-level synthesis and optimization. Techniques and tools alone are, however, insufficient to optimize VLSI circuit power dissipation - a consistent and convergent design methodology is also required.
Power Optimization and Synthesis at Behavioral and System Levels Using Formal Methods was written to address some of the key problems in power analysis and optimization early in the design process. In particular, this book focuses on power macro-modeling based on regression analysis and power minimization through behavioral transformations, scheduling, resource assignment and hardware/software partitioning and mapping. What differentiates this book from other published work on the subject is the mathematical basis and formalism behind the algorithms and the optimality of these algorithms subject to the stated assumptions.
From the Foreword:
`This book makes an important contribution to the field of system design technologies by presenting a set of algorithms with guaranteed optimality properties, that can be readily applied to system-level design. This contribution is timely, because it fills the need of new methods for a new design tool generation, which supports the design of electronic systems with even more demanding requirements'.
Giovanni De Micheli, Professor, Stanford University


Hardware Software VLSI algorithms computer-aided design (CAD) consumption design process electronics formal method formal methods integrated circuit modeling optimization tables

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Cadence Design Systems, Inc.USA
  2. 2.University of Southern CaliforniaUSA

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