Conference Paper

ETAM++: Extended Transition Activity Measure for Low Power Address Bus Designs.

DOI: 10.1109/ASPDAC.2002.994895 Conference: Proceedings of the ASPDAC 2002 / VLSI Design 2002, CD-ROM, 7-11 January 2002, Bangalore, India
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Interconnection networks in Systems-On-Chip begin to have a non-negligible impact on the power consumption of a whole system. This is because of increasing inter-wire capacitances that are in the same order of magnitude as intrinsic capacitances as far as deep-submicron designs are concerned. This trend has been recognized in recent research work. In this work, we present a physical model that takes into account inter-wire capacitances. Subsequently we propose a novel encoding scheme based on this physical model and targeted for address buses. We demonstrate that our encoding method improves power consumption by up to 62.5% and thus is exceeding all current approaches including our own previous one. In addition, the hardware of the bus encoding/decoding interfaces is compact to implement. We have conducted extensive simulations using SOC applications like, for example, an MPEGII encoder to evaluate the advantages of our approach.

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    • "Due to crosstalk noise, the coupling effect not only aggravates the powerdelay metrics but also deteriorates the signal integrity. Many techniques have been developed to reduce the coupling capacitance effect using bus encoding schemes [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18]. Bus encoding is an elegant and effective technique for eliminating the crosstalk effect, and provides a reliability bound for onchip interconnects. "
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    • "2) Bus Encoding: One common technique used to minimize power consumption on busses, is the choice of appropriate encoding schemes that reduce the switching activity without affecting the signal information content [5], [32]. This approach has been extended to account for interwire capacitances [21], [31] and reliability issues [8], [9]. Bus encoding techniques have shown effectiveness in reducing power consumption, although the best results are generally achieved in specific environments such as address busses. "
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