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A New Framework for Power Estimation of Embedded Systems
February 2005 (vol. 38 no. 2)
pp. 71-78
Claudio Talarico, University of Arizona
Jerzy W. Rozenblit, University of Arizona
Vinod Malhotra, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Albert Stritter, Infineon Technologies AG
Among the many metrics used to characterize the quality of an embedded system-on-chip design,power consumption has emerged as one of the most important. This is largely due to the proliferation of mobile battery powered computing devices, the increasing speed and density of CMOS (complementarymetal-oxide semiconductor) VLSI (very large-scale integration) circuits, and continuous shrinking of the transistor feature size of deep-submicron technologies.

The authors have developed a technique that derives power figures from the execution of high-level models. This technique makes it possible to assess embedded SoC designs much earlier in the designcycle, contributing to sounder decisions throughout the entire development process and leading to a faster execution time. To validate their methodology, the authors applied it to a peripheral core—a baud rate generator—and compared the results with those obtained using a gatelevel approach.

Index Terms:
embedded systems, power modeling, power estimation, system-level design
Citation:
Claudio Talarico, Jerzy W. Rozenblit, Vinod Malhotra, Albert Stritter, "A New Framework for Power Estimation of Embedded Systems," Computer, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 71-78, Feb. 2005, doi:10.1109/MC.2005.39
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