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Software Design Considerations to Minimize Power Consumption on Freescale i.MX



Embedded devices are becoming more portable, more wearable, and require an ever increasing set of functionalities. These demands push power capacities to their limits. Power optimizations are often left to the very end of the design cycle, almost as an afterthought. In this session we will explore design considerations that should be made early in the development process.

These considerations include choosing the hardware with desired capabilities, defining hardware design constraints that will allow software to dynamically control power consumption, defining appropriate power usage profiles, choosing measurable power goals, and providing these goals to the software development team to track throughout the development process.

This session will also demonstrate how to simplify software power management and optimize system power consumption on the Freescale i.MX28 to meet a design’s specified power goals.

What You Will Learn

  • Design considerations to build low power embedded devices
  • Software considerations to harness the low power features of silicon
  • “Use case” considerations to minimize power consumption
  • RTOS considerations for power optimized embedded devices

About the Presenters

Presenter Image Andrew Caples

Andrew Caples is a product marketing manager for the embedded systems division of Mentor Graphics. He has over 20 years of experience in start-ups and fortune 500 high tech companies and has served in a variety of roles ranging from technical marketing to sales management. He has a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from California Polytechnic University. His current responsibilities include product management for the Nucleus Real Time Operating System.

Presenter Image Sujata Neidig

Sujata is a market development manager with the i.MX ARM applications processor division at Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. She has 19 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and has served in a variety of roles ranging from product engineering to various marketing positions. She has a B.S. Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Her current responsibilities include product line management and business development for i.MX devices and targeted markets. Outside of work, she enjoys hanging out with her family, traveling, participating in fitness activities (especially running), cooking and tasting wines.

Who Should View

  • Software Developers
  • Engineering Managers
  • Firmware Engineers

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