So you're about to start your first low power design. Or second, third, or fourth. As with many tapeouts, you know that with today's tight market windows, most likely the project will go off with a sprinting start (architectural planning), followed by an endurance test (designing and implementing), then a final mad dash towards the finish line (signoff closure and tapeout).
First, the bad news - given the complexities of today's design requirements and the swiftness in which the technology market moves, the project crunch noted above is still going to happen. The good news? If you're implementing a low power design, there are a few things you could do to reduce last-minute problems.
These tips apply mostly to power-domain based designs that use techniques such as power shutoff (PSO), multiple supply voltages (MSV), and dynamic voltage-frequency scaling (DVFS). However, some apply to non-power domain designs too.
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