Randy Smith

Randy Smith

Power management in IC design is loaded with exciting new developments. There have been attempts to solve power-related issues by altering the overall semiconductor process, biasing selected portions of a design, implementing various power distribution structures, introducing power gating, changing on chip network architectures, introducing microprocessor-based power channels, introducing energy processing units, and even more. Before jumping right into this topic, I think it’s best to provide an overview of what got us to this point. In future posts, I’ll delve more into the state of the art and the important trends affecting the future of power-efficient IC design.