Clock gating is a common Register Transfer Level (RTL) power optimization. Today, RTL synthesis tools identify and automate simple, combinational clock gating. However, greater power savings can be achieved through sequential clock gating optimizations. Until recently, sequential clock gating required manual identification and implementation by expert hardware designers. Now, with the availability of RTL power optimization tools, designers have access to advanced automated, low-power design techniques, eliminating the need for the often difficult and error-prone manual methods.
This article describes sequential analysis and its application to clock gating. An example of sequential clock gating is given as well as a case study of reducing power in a digital signal correlation block using an automated RTL power optimization tool.
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