Monday, February 21, 2011

TI and MIT Research Ultra Low Power 28nm Mobile Processors

Texas Instruments and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) published a joint research paper detailing design methodologies for a 28-nanometer (nm) mobile applications processor.

The paper, which was presented at the 2011 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), demonstrates that a DSP is capable of scaling from high-performance mode at 1.0 volts down to an ultra-low power (ULP) mode at 0.6 volts (V). This DSP is one of the first system-level, low voltage, 28nm designs for the mobile device market, demonstrating TI's continued commitment to enabling lower power and extended battery life in mobile devices running advanced applications.

"As the multimedia and computing capabilities of TI's OMAP platform-based smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices increase, there is a continually expanding gap between performance demands and battery capacity," said Gordon Gammie, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at TI and ISSCC presenter. "TI believes that 28nm process technology advancements, developed in tandem with TI and MIT's low power circuit and methodology collaboration, gives us the right knowledge base to successfully meet the next-generation processing demands within the future mobile power envelope."

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