Let’s start by getting one thing straight: Minima Processor is not a processor company. It’s a processor-related IP company, and, most specifically (at least for now), it’s a DVFS (dynamic voltage and frequency scaling) IP company.
If you’re not familiar with DVFS, it’s a way of changing power … Read More → "Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Schooling"
A couple of years ago, we covered a company that was working to make power supplies more efficient. Today we update that story. But… if you take the company name today and try to find the old article, you’ll have a hard time: they’ve changed their name from Semitrex to Helix.
With that detail out … Read More → "A Wooden Stake?"
There’s an elephant in the room. You know it and I know it too. Whether we start with the trunk or the tail, the truth is clear. Our power grids are overtaxed, transformer technology has hit its limit, and “vampire power” (stand-by power wasted) is becoming a bigger problem than ever before. What can we do about our aging, overtaxed, and under-loved power grid? In this week’s … Read More → "Vampire Power and the Curious Case of the MuxCapacitor"
After years of speed trumping everything else, we’re definitely in a period where we often give speed a back seat to power. Batteries are in; dead batteries are out. So, for a few years now, power analysis has rushed to catch up with timing analysis in the IC design tool chain.
Power analysis has never been a quick and … Read More → "Faster Power Analysis"
These days, it’s all about keeping power down by all means possible. Power domains are a thing. Clock gating and power gating are a thing. Even applications can change the power state of the system.
All good, but let’s explore that last one a bit. In order for software to change the power, it has to go through the operating system. Which might seem kinda … Read More → "Sonics Does DVFS"
“The real secret of success is enthusiasm.” – Walter Chrysler
Last week I interviewed a real, live, professional race car engineer for the famous Andretti racing team, whose workshop and garages are based just outside the equally famous racetrack at Indianapolis. And what’s the first thing I learned?
Read More → "Making a Connection"