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J. Low Power Electron. Appl. 2011, 1(2), 303-326; doi:10.3390/jlpea1020303

Using a Voltage Domain Programmable Technique for Low-Power Management Cell-Based Design

Department of Electrical Engineering, Feng-Chia University, 100 Wen-Hwa Road, Sea-Twen, TaiChung 40724, Taiwan
Received: 16 May 2011 / Revised: 22 August 2011 / Accepted: 5 September 2011 / Published: 14 September 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Low Power Design Methodologies and Applications)


The Multi-voltage technique is an effective way to reduce power consumption. In the proposed cell-based voltage domain programmable (VDP) technique, the high and low voltages applied to logic gates are programmable. The flexible voltage domain reassignment allows the chip performance and power consumption to be dynamically adjusted. In the proposed technique, the power switches possess the feature of flexible programming after chip manufacturing. This VDP method does not use an external voltage regulator to regulate the supply voltage level from outside of the chip but can be easily integrated within the design. This novel technique is proven by use of a video decoder test chip, which shows 55% and 61% power reductions compared to conventional single-Vdd and low-voltage designs, respectively. This power-aware performance adjusting mechanism shows great power reduction with a good power-performance management mechanism. View Full-Text
Keywords: power management; voltage domain programmable; multiple-voltage; low-voltage power management; voltage domain programmable; multiple-voltage; low-voltage

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Cheng, C.-H. Using a Voltage Domain Programmable Technique for Low-Power Management Cell-Based Design. J. Low Power Electron. Appl. 2011, 1, 303-326.

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