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Libraries Make a Power Difference in SoC Design

Libraries Make a Power Difference in SoC Design
by Daniel Payne on 07-23-2012 at 4:37 pm

At Intel we used to hand-craft every single transistor size to eek out the ultimate in IC performance for DRAM and graphic chips. Today, there are many libraries that you can choose from for an SoC design in order to reach your power, speed and area trade-offs. I’m going to attend a Synopsys webinar on August 2nd to learn more about this topic and then blog about it.

I met the webinar presenter Ken Brock back in the 80’s at Silicon Compilers, the best-run EDA company that I’ve had the pleasure to work at.

WebinarOverview:Mobile communications, multimedia and consumer SoCs must achieve the highest performance while consuming the minimal amount of energy to achieve longer battery life and fit into lower cost packaging. Logic libraries with a wide variety of voltage thresholds (VTs) and gate channel lengths provide an efficient method for managing energy consumption. Synopsys’ multi-channel logic libraries and Power Optimization Kits take advantage of low-power EDA tool flows and enable SoC designers to achieve timing closure within the constraints of an aggressive power budget.

This webinar will focus on:

  • How combining innovative power management techniques using multiple VTs/channel lengths in different SoC logic blocks delivers the optimal tradeoff in SoC watts per gigahertz
  • Ways to maximize system performance and minimize cost while slashing power budgets of SoC blocks operating at different clock speeds

Length: 50 minutes + 10 minutes of Q&A

Who should attend: SoC design engineers, system architects, project managers



Ken Brock, Product Marketing Manager for Logic Libraries, Synopsys

Ken Brock is Product Marketing Manager for Logic Libraries at Synopsys and brings 25 years of experience in the field. Prior to Synopsys, Ken held marketing positions at Virage Logic, Simucad, Virtual Silicon, Compass Design Systems and Mentor Graphics. Ken holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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