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From ASICs to SOCs: A Practical Approach by Faranak Nekoogar, Farzad Nekoogar

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5.4. Low-Power Design Tools

Numerous EDA tools are available to help IC designers achieve low-power designs. These tools are classified into two main categories:

  • Power-analysis and power-estimation tools

  • Power-optimization tools

Power-estimation tools estimate the power of a specific design by identifying its high power consuming modules at early stages of the design. These tools give IC designers the ability to make high-level design decisions to reduce power or leave the design untouched based on a set of specific power constraints.

Power-optimization tools come into play after the decision is made by IC designers to reduce the power. These tools automatically implement appropriate power-minimization techniques discussed in earlier sections ...

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