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Power and Green Component and System Designs

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Power and Green Component and System Designs


According to Moore's Law, semiconductor manufacturing continues to scale down .5X in area every 2 years to provide 2X the functionality in a chip. While this trend is positive, there are a number of negative side effects, including increased transistor power density as operating voltage is not scaling as fast, and leakage current of transistors are increasing.

Common power reduction techniques with chip designs are:

  • Core Voltage Reduction
  • Logic Power Down / Voltage Islands
  • Multi-VT & Multi-channel-length Libraries
  • Clock Gating
  • Multi-cores with reduction in frequency and operating voltage but provide better overall performance

Full Description:

In addition to the design mentioned above, we are looking for innovative ways to reduce both dynamic and static power. We are interested in, but not limited to, the following:

  • Power simulation, power prediction with varying usage, power measurement, and power reduction
  • Semiconductor device improvement for lower operating voltage and leakage current
  • Circuit techniques beyond clock gating
  • Design implementation with new tools to optimize power
    • Better design tool for reliability to reduce over design and reduce power
  • Lower cooling power, more efficient heat removal of components
    • Better reliability to allow for higher junction operating temperature
    • Package & heat sink design
  • Architecture innovation to allow for application of more power reduction technique
  • RTL design style to reduce power
  • Asynchronous design for power reduction
  • System level power reduction, including data center power

Constraints and other information:

IPR will stay with the University. Cisco expects customary scholarly dissemination of results, and hopes that promising results would be made available to the community without limiting licenses, royalties, or other encumbrances.

Proposal submission:

Please use the link below to submit a proposal for research responding to this RFP. After a preliminary review, we may ask you to revise and resubmit your proposal.


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