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edited by        Wolfgang Fichtner
                        Qiuting Huang
                        Heinz Jäckel
                        Gerhard Tröster
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Vol. 187

Flavio Carbognani,
Low-Power Techniques for Low-Frequency VLSI Applications.
2007, 162 pages. € 64,00. ISBN 3-86628-161-7


Power dissipation has become the foremost issue in VLSI circuits. This work is, therefore, dedicated to the introduction of novel low-power techniques, specifically in the framework of low-frequency portable applications. Three main aspects of VLSI design from register-transfer down to transistor-level are investigated. The first part of this work is devoted to lining up a new accurate flow to estimate the power consumption in VLSI circuits. In the second part, novel low-power techniques for multipliers, which are among the most energy-hungry combinational blocks, are introduced. The third part proposes the first complete VLSI design flow with resonant clocking, i.e. a strategy, in which the capacitance associated with the clock network resonates with an (off-chip) inductor.

About the Author:
Flavio Carbognani was born in Parma (Italy) in 1977. He studied Telecommunication Engineering at the University of Parma. In 2002 he received his Master Degree, discussing a thesis about lifetime prediction models of power semiconductor devices, prepared at the ETH of Zurich, Switzerland. He joined the Integrated Systems Laboratory (IIS) at the ETH as a research assistant in 2002. His primary research interest is the low power design, focused on low-frequency applications, in particular hearing aids.


Keywords: Glitch, Hearing Aids, Leakage, Low Power, Multiplier, Resonant Clocking, Transmission Gate, VLSI

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