Priority assignment optimization for minimization of current surge in high performance power efficient clock-gated microprocessor

TitlePriority assignment optimization for minimization of current surge in high performance power efficient clock-gated microprocessor
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsY Chen, K Roy, and CK Koh
Conference NameProceedings of the Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference, Asp Dac
Date Published06/2004
Abstract

We propose an integrated architectural/physical-planning approach named priority assignment optimization to minimize the current surge in high performance power efficient clock-gated microprocessors. The proposed approach balances the current demands across the floorplan by assigning optimized priorities to the functional units (FUs). Two complementary methods - physical planning with soft modules and issue pattern management - to enhance our proposed approach are also discussed for various applications. Experimental results show that the proposed approach reduces the peak noise by 11.75% and consequently, the decoupling capacitance (Decap) requirement by 24.22% without any degradation in IPC (Instruction Per Cycle). We also show that our approach does not increase the clock period for the 0.18μm technology and beyond.