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Power Aware Verification

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Overview

In this session we will look at how new standards, verification tools and techniques can be applied to allow low power designs being verified much earlier at the RTL including the software components.

With total power consumption of an IC now one of the major design constraints, design teams have started to adopt low power design techniques (e.g. Power Gating with/ without retention, Multi Voltage Multi Supply, Adaptive Voltage and Frequency scaling etc) in order to meet their power budgets.

The use of these low power design techniques introduces, among other things, verification challenges since new digital functionality has to be added in order to control the voltage of the power sources in order to reduce total power consumption including leakage and switching power components.

Often times, there is a software component that forms part of the overall low power design which must be verified as well. Until recently, verification of low power designs were done using adhoc practices that did not scale across projects in an organization..

What You Will Learn

  • Overview of the Low power design techniques
  • Specification of low power design architecture in an SoC using IEEE 1801 UPF
  • Low power bugs that could be introduced as a result of adopting Low power design techniques
  • Early verification of low power designs at RTL leveraging power aware simulation tools and static checks

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About the Presenter

Presenter Image Gabriel Chidolue

Gabriel Chidolue is a Verification Technologist within the Design Verification Technology Division at Mentor Graphics.

He is responsible for deployment of new and emerging Verification technologies including low power verification through close collaboration with strategic partners. In this role, Gabriel works closely with customers, partners and R & D worldwide to create low power verification tools and methodologies that helps address the various verification challenges being faced by customers and partners. He has authored and co-authored papers and industry articles on low power verification.

Gabriel Chidolue holds an MSc in Concurrent Engineering in Electronic Product Design from Bournemouth University UK and B. Eng in Electrical Engineering from University of Nigeria

Who Should View

  • Design Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Engineering Managers

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