Low-power multimedia system design by aggressive voltage scaling

Fadi J. Kurdahi, Ahmed Eltawil, Kang Yi, Stanley Cheng, Amin Khajeh

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Mobile multimedia systems are growing in complexity and scalability and, correspondingly, in their implementation challenges. By design, these systems have built-in error resilience that has been exploited in many different compression and transmission schemes mainly as a quality tradeoff. This paper proposes a paradigm shift in utilizing error resilience in an application-aware method for reducing the power consumption of memories in such systems by aggressively scaling the supply voltage beyond what is currently considered as" safe " operating conditions while maintaining performance. Results on H.264 decoders show that power savings of more than 40% are possible. © 2006 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalIEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


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