Smart bit-width allocation for low power optimization in a systemC based ASIC design environment

Arindam Mallik*, Debjit Sinha, Prith Banerjee, Hai Zhou

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The modern era of embedded system design is geared towards design of low-power systems. One way to reduce power in an 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 design environment. We propose an algorithm for optimal bitwidth precision for two variables and a greedy heuristic which works for any number of variables. The algorithms are used in the automation of converting floating point SystemC programs into ASIC synthesizable SystemC programs. Expected inputs are profiled to estimate errors in the finite precision conversions. Experimental results on the trade-offs between quantization error, power consumption and hardware resources used are reported on a set of four SystemC benchmarks that are mapped onto 0.18 micron ASIC cell library from Artisan Components. We demonstrate that it is possible to reduce the power consumption by 50% on average by allowing round-off errors to increase from 0.5% to 1%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE'06
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)3981080114, 9783981080117
StatePublished - 2006
EventDesign, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE'06 - Munich, Germany
Duration: Mar 6 2006Mar 10 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings -Design, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE
ISSN (Print)1530-1591


OtherDesign, Automation and Test in Europe, DATE'06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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