January 22, 2004 -- The latest portable devices--from mobile phones to media players--offer a host of new Internet, multimedia and gaming features that place a significant strain on batteries. So the quest to optimize system-wide power use and maximize battery life has led four companies--ARM, Artisan, National and Synopsys--to collaborate on the design of power-saving intellectual property (IP) and systems-on-chip (SoC) that reduce dynamic power consumption based on application software workload, available silicon performance and environmental conditions.
By David Flynn. (Flynn is a fellow in the ARM Ltd.'s Research and Development Group.)
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