New low power design spec approved

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A new standard has been approved, providing 'portability for low power design specifications that can be used throughout the electronic system design, analysis, verification and implementation flow'.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has approved IEEE 1801, a 'standard for design and verification of low power integrated circuits', also known as Unified Power Format (UPF) 2.0. The standard was developed by Accellera – an electronics industry organisation focused on EDA standards. Acellera chairman Shrenik Mehta, said: "Industry acceptance of the IEEE 1801 standard power format can help optimise the energy consumption of future electronic systems by enabling engineers and tools to characterise and improve semiconductor power usage much earlier in the design cycle." Stephen Bailey (pictured), chairman of the P1801 working group, added: "This version enhances portability by addressing bugs and ambiguities in the UPF 1.0 specification and also delivers new functionality requested by the community of low power designers." The new standard includes support for bias supplies, more flexibility and capabilities in specification of power states, and enhanced semantic capabilities for merged power domains.