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Father’s Day: The Day of the Zombie DVD Player Apocolypse

My daughter chose Father’s Day to tell me that she had two dead DVD players at her place. First, a Philips model 642/37 had died, leaving just a flashing light on the power button to tantalize. However, the player’s LCD … Continue reading

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Power monitoring system leverages “dark servers” to cut data center power consumption as much as 50%

The growing discussions of “dark silicon” in SOC design came to mind as I read this article on the Phys.Org Web site about an entirely different sort of development: the creation of a power monitoring system for data centers that … Continue reading

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Jan Rabaey’s remarkable short course in Low-Power Design Essentials, Part 4

Note: This blog entry is the final installment of four covering Professor Jan Rabaey’s excellent short course in low power design given at the January, 2012 meeting of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society. … Continue reading

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The very strange case of the broken dryer knobs—a case of very non-green design

Perhaps you’re like me—you hate to see bad design that results in waste. Sometimes, it’s a design that uses too much energy. The waste heat seems disproportionate with the function performed. Sometimes, it’s another form of waste. It’s one of … Continue reading

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Jan Rabaey’s remarkable short course in Low-Power Design Essentials, Part 3

Note: This blog entry is the third of four covering Professor Jan Rabaey’s excellent short course in low power design given at the January, 2012 meeting of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society. Low-Power … Continue reading

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Jan Rabaey’s remarkable short course in Low-Power Design Essentials, Part 2

Note: This blog entry continues with the excellent short course in low power design that Professor Jan Rabaey taught at the January meeting of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society. Low-Power Design Essentials, Part … Continue reading

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What is analog’s role in low-power design? Interview with TI’s VP of Analog Technology Development, Dr. Venu Menon

Last month, Dr. Venu Menon, VP of Analog Technology Development at Texas Instruments, gave a keynote speech at the ISQED conference in Silicon Valley titled “Applications Drive Analog Technology Development and Innovation.” During his keynote, Dr. Menon noted that analog … Continue reading

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How low can you go? ARM does the limbo with Cortex-M0+ processor core. Tiny. Ultra-low-power.

Jack be limbo, Jack be quick Jack go unda limbo stick All around the limbo clock Hey, let’s do the limbo rock Limbo lower now Limbo lower now (From “Limbo Rock” by Chubby Checker) How low can you go? ARM … Continue reading

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Jan Rabaey’s remarkable short course in Low-Power Design Essentials, Part 1

At the end of January, UC Berkeley EECS Professor Jan Rabaey gave a comprehensive one-evening course in low-power design essentials to about 100 people attending a meeting of the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society. … Continue reading

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Do you believe in 21st century Intelligent Design?

Late last month, columnist Mike Cassidy wrote about visionary Clayton Christensen’s Innovator’s Dilemma in the San Jose Mercury News and his words reminded me that it was time, past time, to make yet another blog-based plea for intelligent design. No, … Continue reading

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