Low-Power Optimization by Smart Bit-Width Allocation in a SystemC-Based ASIC Design Environment

  title={Low-Power Optimization by Smart Bit-Width Allocation in a SystemC-Based ASIC Design Environment},
  author={Arindam Mallik and Debjit Sinha and Prithviraj Banerjee and Hai Zhou},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems},
The modern era of embedded system design is geared toward the design of low-power systems. One way to reduce power in an application-specified integrated circuit (ASIC) implementation is to reduce the bit-width precision of its computation units. This paper describes algorithms to optimize the bit widths of fixed-point variables for low power in a SystemC-based ASIC design environment. We propose an optimal bit-width allocation algorithm for two variables and a greedy heuristic that works for… CONTINUE READING
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