Energy Efficient System Design
Designing for low power and energy consumption optimization are key issues for chip developers. The earlier low power techniques can be applied to the design, the bigger their effect on overall power consumption. But low power design is not just a hardware issue; software running on the chip has a significant effect on the amount of power it consumes. Design teams also realize that power envelopes have effectively stopped the traditional evolution of processor performance scaling and are switching to multicore design. Virtual prototypes address the need for early, software-driven power analysis and optimization, as well as low-power embedded software development for single and multicore designs.