ET3.8.3 PMU design in weeks, not months: the need for SPEED

Pierre Gazull, Dolphin Design, France

Energy-efficiency has now replaced low-power as one of the biggest challenges that the semiconductor industry is facing. All vertical market segments are calling for more power-efficient applications, driven by a global need to reduce our environmental footprint and make the best use of energy sources. The emergence of smart cities, smart homes and smart buildings, enabled by billions of battery-operated IoT devices connected to data centers, will force the semiconductor industry to adopt disruptive approaches to improve the energy-efficiency of both edge and cloud devices.

When it comes to IC design, the traditional approaches for power reduction were mainly driven by Moore’s law and are now suffering from its slowdown, pushing SoC design teams to use more and more advanced SoC architecture and complex design techniques to overcome the fact that technology scaling is not sufficient anymore. As a consequence, the SoC complexity required to demonstrate the best energy-efficiency figures results in longer design cycles, higher development costs and additional risks.

Leveraging its SPEED Platform that reduces the PMU design time from months to weeks, Dolphin Design provides a turnkey solution to speed-up and secure the design of advanced power management solutions from SoC architecture to implementation. Energy-efficiency and low power designs are part of Dolphin’s DNA since its inception. In this presentation we will present how we work hand-in-hand with our customers to simplify the design of power-efficient SoC, allowing them to focus on their core competencies and added value.