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Design Techniques and CAD Tools

Dynamic power management is a design methodology aiming at controlling performance and power levels of digital circuits and systems, with the goal of extending the autonomous operation time of battery-powered systems, providing graceful performance degradation when supply energy is limited, and adapting power dissipation to satisfy environmental constraints.

This book addresses design techniques and computer-aided design solutions for power management. Different approaches are presented and organized in an order related to their applicability to control-units, macro-blocks, digital circuits and electronic systems, respectively. All approaches are based on the principle of exploiting idleness of circuits, systems, or portions thereof. They involve both detection of idleness conditions and the freezing of power-consuming activities in the idle components.

The book describes also some approaches to system-level power management, including Microsoft's OnNow architecture and the 'Advanced Configuration and Power Management' standard proposed by Intel, Microsoft and Toshiba. These approaches migrate power management to the software layer running on hardware platforms, thus providing a flexible and self-configurable solution to adapting the power/performance tradeoff to the needs of mobile (and fixed) and computing and communication.

Dynamic power management is of interest to researchers and developers of computer-aided design tools for integrated circuits and systems, as well as to system designers.

The book can be ordered by calling Kluwer Academic Publishers at: + 617 871-6300. ISBN 0-7923-8086-X.