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IEEE 1801™-2013 DESIGNED TO IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Revised standard focusing on low power intent and energy management in chip design made available for download at no charge through the IEEE Get Program™

Shuang Yu, Senior Manager, Solutions Marketing
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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 30 May 2013 - IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced the publication of IEEE 1801™-2013 "Standard for Design and Verification of Low Power Integrated Circuits." The standard, which was approved by one of the largest entity-based ballot groups in IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) history, is intended to enhance and improve the energy efficiency of devices by focusing on low power intent (a specification of the planned power-management architecture for a given design) and energy management in chip design.

IEEE 1801-2013 is available immediately at no charge via the IEEE Get Program™, which grants the public access to view and download certain current individual standards. To view and download IEEE 1801-2013, please visit the IEEE 1801-2013 Get Program Web page.

"It has been great to see so many companies participate in the development of this important revision to the standard, and I would like to thank the dedicated team of individuals without whose tireless hard work this would not have been possible," said John Biggs, chair of the IEEE UPF: Standard for Design and Verification of Low Power Integrated Circuits Working Group. "Standards underpin our industry, and now that power is a primary design constraint, having a recognized standard for power intent is vital for continued growth."

IEEE 1801 Unified Power Format (UPF) is designed to express power intent for electronic systems and components. IEEE 1801-2013, the revised version of the standard, is intended to provide users with more power, precision and flexibility in defining chip-level specifications.

"We're getting into a world where everything is interconnected, and low power becomes a major factor in how this is going to be implemented. The future of interconnection depends on efficient energy consumption," said Stan Krolikoski, chair of the IEEE Computer Society's Design Automation Standards Committee (DASC), which sponsored the standard revision project. "The IEEE 1801-2013 standard not only benefits the end user, but it also has an environmental aspect. It focuses on energy as consumed by the electronics, which is the power characterization of the electronic circuits."

From power-hungry servers in data centers to the countless devices that contribute to the Internet of Things (IoT), electronic systems use vast amounts of energy every day. Management and control of energy usage through power gating and other related techniques has become mandatory in many electronic systems, both to minimize heat generation and to maximize battery life. Power management involves partitioning a design into independent power domains to enable different power modes that optimize power consumption for each functional mode of the design. The IEEE 1801-2013 standard offers a portable, vendor-independent format for defining the power-management architecture of a system for use in both verification and implementation aspects of the design flow.

"Power-aware design and verification methodology has been advancing rapidly in recent years, and UPF has evolved in parallel to reflect new concepts, methods and approaches," said Erich Marschner, vice chair of the IEEE UPF working group. "IEEE 1801-2013 UPF is the latest step in this evolution, adding significant new capability, flexibility and precision for power-intent specifications. In the next few years, the IEEE UPF working group will continue to enhance UPF to address new requirements involved in moving up to even higher levels of abstraction, power modeling and power analysis."

IEEE 1801 is a market-driven standard developed in the spirit of the "OpenStand" external link paradigm for global, open standards.

Along with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA Consortium), IEEE is sponsoring the Design Automation Conference (DAC) 2-6 June 2013 at the Austin (Texas) Convention Center. The event is recognized as the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, EDA and embedded systems and software (ESS). From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 2, DAC attendees will have the opportunity to attend the "Low-Power Design with the New IEEE 1801-2013 Standard" workshop, which covers an introduction to the low power design intent concepts and methodologies fundamental to IEEE 1801. For more information, please visit the DAC Web page. external link

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Supporting Quotes

Jerry Kaczynski, research engineer, Aldec
"As a customer-driven company, Aldec understands the importance of low-power design in modern digital systems and actively works on extending co-simulation interfaces in its tools to support new features of the UPF 2.1 standard."

John Redmond, associate technical director, Broadcom Corporation
"With the rapid adoption of IEEE 1801, the 2013 revision represents a major milestone in achieving power-intent format convergence within the low-power system on chip (SoC) ecosystem."

Pankaj Mayor, vice president of marketing, Cadence
"IEEE 1801-2013 is the first convergent power format standard, bridging many of the differences between UPF and CPF. We congratulate all the members of the IEEE 1801 working group for their hard work, and look forward to the continuing effort by the working group on the convergence of the two power formats."

Gene Matter, senior applications manager, Docea Power
"Docea Power, a leading provider of electronic system level (ESL) power and thermal modeling and simulation tools sees the IEEE 1801-2013 standard as a welcome advancement to converge on common power formats for EDA vendors. The meaningful exchange of power intent and power-aware design considerations is critical to accurately model power and provide useful power/thermal simulations for architectural exploration and validation. The inclusion of CPF macro-capability and CPF constructs will help facilitate methodology convergence."

Ramond Rodriguez, EDA supplier manager, Intel Corporation
"We are pleased to see the emergence of the next-generation UPF power standard, which is a single industry format that addresses power intent in a clear and concise fashion. The standard provides a consistent method to annotate designs with a power description in a HDL-independent fashion, and facilitates updates to the standard that will meet evolving user needs. The convergence on a single format will allow us to reduce EDA and user development resource efforts, and ease the management of complex power intent description challenges in SoC design and IP reuse flows. We look forward to the EDA industry providing comprehensive support for the standard."

John Lenyo, vice president and general manager, Design Verification Division, Mentor Graphics Corporation
"Mentor Graphics, as a founding contributor to the Unified Power Format standard, is pleased to see the IEEE publish and make available at no charge its latest revision of the IEEE 1801 standard. Our vision of an inclusive standards-development process motivated by our users to promote tool and data interoperability has resulted in universal support of this version of the standard for power-aware verification. We continue to offer our leadership and guidance to the IEEE 1801 UPF working group as it seeks to further enhance the standard to promote improved power-aware design."

Nick English, vice president of development, Si2
"The public release of IEEE 1801-2013 is a major step forward for the industry. Contributions of OpenLPM and Common Power Format (CPF) 2.0 from Si2's Low Power Coalition, along with dedicated LPC support to integrate those capabilities into IEEE 1801, provide multiple benefits. Not only will the features from CPF significantly strengthen the IEEE 1801 standard and brings the semantics of both formats closer together, but they also bring semantic consistency to IEEE 1801-2013 that will make further convergence possible."

Indavong Vongsavady, CAD director, STMicroelectronics
"The new version of the Unified Power Format (UPF) standard brings new capabilities and further improves the interoperability with the Common Power Format (CPF). The approval and publication of the revised IEEE 1801-2013 standard is a great achievement for the semiconductor industry and the design of low-power integrated circuits."

Rich Goldman, vice president of corporate marketing and strategic alliances, Synopsys, Inc.
"Synopsys has been a strong supporter of the UPF and IEEE 1801 standards for more than five years, helping hundreds of customers who have adopted a power-intent-based flow. We congratulate all contributors on the successful collaboration to deliver this latest release of the low power format standard, IEEE 1801-2013. This new version clearly demonstrates the strong collaboration among a broad community of participants. We thank the IEEE-SA for facilitating a fast, open and inclusive environment for continued evolution toward a single, unified power format across the industry to meet low power design challenges. We look forward to adoption of this standard by design implementation and verification engineering teams."