Thursday, February 11th, 2016

November 11, 2015, ARM TechCon, Santa Clara, CA–Mike Assenti from Dolby Laboratories talked about the energy consumed in audio processing tasks. He provided definitions and basic techniques for taking power measurements in smaller devices. The growing number of apps for audio functions in mobile devices is a clear indicator of user desire for better audio. [...]

November 10, 2015, ARM Techcon, Santa Clara, CA—Charles Garcia-Tobin from ARM talked about thermal management and energy aware scheduling on Linux. The ability to change power based on workloads has been a part of ARM’s power allocation capabilities for some time. For many mobile devices, the workloads fall into three main categories, short bursts of [...]

August 19, 2015, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—Brad Saunders, architect/strategist, Bob Dunstan, principal engineer, and Rahman Issmail, USB senior architect at Intel presented design considerations and implementation details for the new Type C connector for the USB. The latest releases for USB enable greater connectivity to other protocols and provide power delivery. Currently, USB is [...]

August 19, 2015, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—Jason Ross described the design, architecture, and processing changes that enabled improved performance at lower power for the graphics engines in the latest Intel core processors. The changes reflect the changing environments for the commercial-grade parts. In the past, PCs and their graphics engines had the luxury of [...]

August 19, 2015, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—Hong Jiang from Intel talked about the improvements in the GPU functions that will enable a better user experience for 4k TV. The changes to the graphics engines and functionality are also important for the newest graphics APIs that have fine-grained and direct GPU access and control. The [...]

June 23, 2015, PCI-SIG Dev-Con, Santa Clara, CA—Al Yanes and Ramin Neshati updated the status of the latest revisions to the PCI specifications. The organization continues to work on low power and alternate form factors for their interface specifications. The PCI-SIG defines I/O bus specs and form factors with emphasis on compliance and interoperability. The [...]

June 2, 2015, Society for Information Display Symposium, San Jose, CA—Robert Li Kam Wa from Rice University talked about rethinking the imaging pipeline for energy-efficient, privacy-preserving continuous mobile vision. The always-on world has been adding more and higher resolution imaging capabilities, so the industry has to consider how to protect the information. The primary changes [...]

May 21, 2015, Imagination Summit, Santa Clara, CA—Eran Eshed from Altair presented talking points about cellular infrastructure for the IoT. The greatest challenges are in overcoming the perceptions that LTE is a high-power, high-performance data transport technology that is very expensive. New technology developments and the latest revision to the LTE standards enable the cellular [...]

February 25, 2015, ISSCC, San Francisco—Ingrid Verbauwhede from Katholieke Universiteit in Belgium talked about the need for different design approaches and device libraries to address security challenges in the IoT. The growing numbers and types of attack vectors call for changes in design methodologies to take advantage of Moore’s law. The growth of the IoT [...]

February 24, 2015, ISSCC, San Francisco—Hiroki Noguchi from Toshiba highlighted their work on a 3.3 ns embedded STT-MRAM. The design uses a physically eliminated read-disturb scheme and a normally off architecture. Spin-torque transistor magnetic RAM development continues with efforts to overcome some key critical issues. The growth of last-level cache is helping to overcome the [...]