ILP-based Supply and Threshold Voltage Assignment For Total Power Minimization
Lim, Sung Kyu
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In this paper we present an ILP-based method to simultaneously assign supply and threshold voltages to individual gates for dynamic and leakage power minimization. In our three-step approach, low power min-flipflop (FF) retiming is first performed to reduce the clock period while taking the FF delay/power into consideration. Next, the subsequent voltage assignment formulated in ILP makes the best possible supply/threshold voltage assignment under the given clock period constraint set by the retiming. Finally, a post-process further refines the voltage assignment solution by exploiting the remaining timing slack in the circuit. Related experiments show that the min-FF retiming plus simultaneous Vdd/Vth assignment approach outperforms the existing max-FF retiming plus Vdd-only assignment approach.
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