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Why Near-Threshold Voltage is an Excellent Choice for Hearables

Why Near-Threshold Voltage is an Excellent Choice for Hearables
by Lauri Koskinen on 05-05-2021 at 6:00 am

blog part 3 energy frugality graphic FINAL 1

In the previous blogs on this topic, we’ve seen that utilizing near-threshold voltage (NTV) saves incredible amounts of energy, theoretically up to 10x and in practice from 2x to 4x. But there is a price which makes some applications more suited for NTV than others. This is due to the inevitable performance (speed) loss of NTV as … Read More


Low Energy SoCs with Near Threshold Voltage

Low Energy SoCs with Near Threshold Voltage
by Tom Simon on 04-15-2021 at 6:00 am

Low Energy Efficiency

There is an important difference between low power and low energy in SOC design. Low power focuses on instantaneous power consumption. This is frequently done to deal with cooling and heat dissipation issues. Of course, it serves as a prerequisite for low energy design, which seeks to reduce overall power consumption over time.… Read More


Hearables: From Earbuds to Life Augmentation and Beyond

Hearables: From Earbuds to Life Augmentation and Beyond
by Kalar Rajendiran on 03-09-2021 at 10:00 am

Hearables Market Players Source IDTechEx Research

As the months of 2020 passed by, I started noticing more and more people sporting what looked like fashionable ear accessories. I’m of course referring to True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbuds. With the rapid increase in online meetings due to social distancing requirements, it appeared that adoption of TWS earbuds was even faster… Read More


It’s Energy vs. Power that Matters

It’s Energy vs. Power that Matters
by Lauri Koskinen on 03-02-2021 at 6:00 am

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In tiny devices, such as true wireless headphones, the battery life of the device is usually determined by the chips that execute the device’s functions. Professor Jan Rabaey of UC Berkeley, who wrote the book on low power, also coined the term “energy frugal” a number of years ago, and this term is even more valid today with the proliferation… Read More


CEO Interview: Tuomas Hollman of Minima Processor

CEO Interview: Tuomas Hollman of Minima Processor
by Daniel Nenni on 01-29-2021 at 6:00 am

Tuomas Hollman Minima CEO

Tuomas is an experienced senior executive, with proficiency that ranges from strategy to product development and business management. He began his semiconductor industry career at Texas Instruments, serving for 15 years in increasingly important roles, including general management and profit and loss responsibility for… Read More