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Friday Fun: Power Becomes a Big Problem for the TNG Team

Comments(0)Filed under: Low power , logic design, The Next Generation, 65nm, multi-vt

Here are the latest two episodes of "The Next Generation".

In episode 7, the team is starting to discover some real power problems.  Multi-vt is no longer enough at 65nm, and pushing things off to the back-end is also no longer an option.  Jay, the physical designer, proposes multi-supply multi-voltage, which freaks out the synthesis guys, and power shutoff, which freaks out the verification guys.  Fortunately, nobody really believes any of this is real....

 

Episode 8 has Chip doing some research and discovering how real this problem is.  He tries discussing it with his not-so-helpful AE, and she has some not-so-helpful suggestions.

 

Is any of this starting to look familiar?

 

Jack Erickson 

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