Approximate SRAMs With Dynamic Energy-Quality Management

@article{Frustaci2016ApproximateSW,
  title={Approximate SRAMs With Dynamic Energy-Quality Management},
  author={Fabio Frustaci and David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester and Massimo Alioto},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems},
  year={2016},
  volume={24},
  pages={2128-2141}
}
In this paper, approximate SRAMs are explored in the context of error-tolerant applications, in which energy is saved at the cost of the occurrence of read/write errors (i.e., signal quality degradation. [] Key Result Results show that the joint adoption of multiple bit-level techniques provides substantially larger energy gains than individual techniques.

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