Voltage- and ABB-Island Optimization in High Level Synthesis

Domenik Helms, Olaf Meyer, Marko Hoyer, Wolfgang Nebel
Proceedings of the 2007 International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design
Using our framework supporting simultaneous behavioral to RTL synthesis, component-wise floorplanning, as well as ABB (adaptive body biasing) and VDD aware power and delay prediction, we present a performance neutral methodology for optimal VDD-island generation and multiple ABB application. We show that tuning supply and body voltage for the entire design reduces the total energy dissipation by 4.6-38.1% without any performance loss. By allowing more than one body voltage and without optimizing the floorplan, the savings do not rise any further. Carefully floorplanning the design, we can additionally use VDD-islands reducing the power by 8.7-49.2%. In addition to the power savings, the power and delay variability due to PTV (process, temperature, voltage) variation can be reduced with all proposed ABB approaches, assuming that only the chip structure has to be fixed at design time, but the voltage levels can be adapted after the system manufacturing.
August / 2007

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