International Workshop - Power and Timing Modeling, Optimization and Simulation
Technical University of Denmark - October 7 - 9, 1998

Tuesday, October, 6.

Pre Workshop Tutorials on low-power design

14:00 Tutorial A
Christian Piguet, CSEM
Title: "Low-Power 8-bit and 16-bit Microcontrollers"

Low-power embedded microcontrollers are more and more required for portable applications. Power reduction can be addressed at the software level as well as at the architecture level. Various architectures of 8-bit microcontrollers are presented and compared. Evolution towards low-power devices results in new 8-bit architectures such as RISC-like architectures, pipelined architectures, asynchronous architectures as well as some unconventional architectures.

16:00 Tutorial B

Pascal Meier, Carnegie Mellon University
Title: "Low-Power Cell-based Design Methodologies"

The increasing importance of low power as a design goal has spurred the development of a great variety of power-minimizing circuits. Yet the incorporation of such techniques into existing industry design flows is a significant challenge. Since industry wishes to leverage their existing, stable design methodologies, the range of power optimization techniques which can be utilized is limited.

This tutorial will focus on low power circuit and CAD techniques applicable to industrial design processes. Methods which can be readily implemented within existing flows, in particular standard cell approaches, will be discussed. Finally, there will be a brief overview of future directions for practical low power methods.

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