SANTA CLARA & SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jul 27, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Sequence Design is leading the charge along with Artisan Components, Inc., (Nasdaq:ARTI) and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:SUNW) in sponsoring NanoCool(TM) seminars that will explore logical and physical low-power design methodologies. Novas Software, Inc., Golden Gate Technology Inc. and Tensilica, Inc. will also present at the seminar.
RTL power estimation, power debug, voltage-drop analysis, power modeling, power grid design and leakage reduction will all be explored during the seminar. Dennis Sylvester, professor at the University of Michigan, will be the keynote speaker at the San Jose seminar. The topic of his keynote will be "New Approaches to Total Power Reduction Including Runtime Leakage."
"Today, effective power management is the key to nanometer SoC design success," said Vic Kulkarni, Sequence president and CEO. "Sequence along with its partners is leading the new era of 'power-aware' design."
According to Neal Carney, Artisan's vice president of marketing, "To overcome the complex nanometer design challenges and gain greater confidence in meeting power and performance budgets, it's important to provide IP that supports various power reduction solutions that include accurate power and signal integrity modeling."
"The power problem is the No. 1 issue in the long-term for computing. It's time for us to stop making 6-mile-per-gallon gas guzzlers," said Greg Papadopoulos, chief technology officer with Sun Microsystems (San Jose Mercury News, 7/2/04).
The Challenges to Power Management
The earliest forms of low power design involved the basic practice of reducing the power supply voltage, either in the entire design or in certain parts. The attractiveness of this approach was, and still is, the quadratic relationship between the supply voltage and the resulting power consumption. An additional method involves the use of more advanced semiconductor processes with narrower transistors and shorter wires -- all else being equal, the reduction in parasitic capacitances due to the smaller geometries results in less dynamic power.
Today, these approaches are no longer enough and in some cases -- such as sub-threshold leakage -- counter productive. "10X reductions in leakage can be achieved through the use of smart power gating techniques," said Jerry Frenkil, vice president of advanced development with Sequence.
The time for a comprehensive RTL to sign-off power integrity solution is now. "Being able to run power analysis at RTL is very important because it allows us to get a handle on power consumption very early in the design process, and then make appropriate changes to reduce power," said Himanshu Sanghavi, hardware engineering manager, Tensilica. "By getting these insights at RTL, we can meet our power goal more efficiently."
"Debugging power-related issues is critical when dealing with large complex designs with low power restrictions," said Dave Kelf, vice president of marketing at Novas. "Being able to analyze localized power problems accelerates silicon closure while enabling higher degrees of design performance optimization."
"Power reduction at the RTL and device level no longer needs to be given back with physical synthesis," said Tom Minot, vice president of marketing and sales, Golden Gate Technology. "At the physical level, effective power grid design must account for power consumption at RTL. An under-designed grid can lead to significant voltage drop and design closure challenges."
The NanoCool seminar series will kick off with the first seminar at Capital Club Athletics in downtown San Jose on Wednesday, August 04, 2004. Interested parties may also contact Sequence's seminar hotline directly at 408-961-2300, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NanoCool is a collaboration among semiconductor designers, EDA tool vendors, IP companies and library suppliers, to provide a complete power integrity flow that includes concurrent voltage-drop and power management, timing and signal-integrity capabilities to help achieve rapid electrical sign-off and design closure at 130-nm and below.
Sequence Design, Inc. enables system-on-chip designers to bring higher-performance and lower-power integrated circuits quickly to fabrication. Sequence's power and signal integrity software give its more than 130 customers the competitive advantage they need to excel in aggressive technology markets, despite demanding complexity and time-to-market issues of nanometer design.
Sequence has worldwide development and field service operations. The company was recently named by Reed Electronics as one of the top 10 companies to watch in the electronics industry. Sequence is privately held. Sequence is a member of Cadence Design Systems' Connections(TM) and Mentor Graphics' Open Door(TM) partnership programs.
About Artisan Components
Artisan Components, Inc. is a leading provider of physical intellectual property (IP) components for the design and manufacture of complex system-on-a-chip integrated circuits. Artisan's products include embedded memory, standard cell, input/output, analog and mixed-signal components, which are designed to achieve the best combination of performance, density, power and yield for a given manufacturing process. Artisan has licensed its IP components to over 2,000 companies involved in integrated circuit design. Artisan is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. More information about Artisan Components, including free library access, can be found at access.arm.com.
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