Because the average power consumption of CMOS digital circuits is proportional to the square of the supplied voltage, a clustered voltage scaling (CVS) technique has previously been proposed to reduce power without sacrificing the circuit performance. In this paper the authors propose a path-oriented CVS algorithm, which can take the false paths into account. Extensive experiments are conducted on ISCAS85 benchmark circuits. These experiments show that many more gates can be voltage scaled down in comparison with the original CVS technique. An additional 22% power reduction ratio over that of the original CVS technique is achieved.
- Benchmark circuits
- Clustered voltage scaling technique