This paper presents Power-Pro architecture (Programmable Power Management Architecture), a novel processor architecture for power reduction. The Power-Pro architecture has two key functionalities: (i) Supply voltage and clock frequency of a microprocessor can be dynamically varied, and (ii) active datapath width can be dynamically adjusted to the precision of each operation. The most unique point of this architecture is that software programmers can directly specify the requirements of applications such as real-time constraints and precision of the operations. To make programmable power management possible, Power-Pro architecture equips special instructions. Programmers can vary the supply voltage, the clock frequency and the active datapath width dynamically by the instructions. Experimental results show that power consumption for a variety of applications are dramatically reduced by the Power-Pro architecture.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||IEICE Transactions on Electronics|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1998|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering