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Design Methodology for Building Power Efficient RTL Seminar

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Design Methodology for Building Power Efficient RTL Seminar

The growth of semiconductor industry hinges on the fact that with every new generation, chips would have higher performance and consume less power. However, we are witnessing that scaling through Moore’s law does not automatically translate to efficiency gains in terms of energy anymore. That’s why regardless of the application area - networking, computation, or storage - power and energy consumption can make the difference between a differentiated product and a product that does not meet customer needs. In the 2020 survey by Wilson Research, power is now the #3 reason for design re-spins.

That brings power at the front and center in silicon design process. It is obvious that we cannot wait until the very end of their design cycle to try to fix power problems and it needs to be considered during the architecture and design phase. We need an effective hardware design methodology to deliver lowest power RTL IP and/or designs.

This seminar will highlight how power and energy metrics and optimization can predictably deliver the best quality RTL optimized for power. It will feature a combination of technical sessions and user case studies delivered by people who have adopted those best practices to build successful products.


Seminar Introduction and Customer Case Studies  
This session will provide an overview of the seminar and key learning objectives. It will introduce a design flow - adopted by companies from ARM to Cisco – to build energy efficient RTL IP. The session will go over the value of thinking about power early in the design cycle.
Speaker: Anoop Saha

30 min - Arm: Decarbonizing Compute Through Energy-Efficient IP Design  
The climate crisis is the greatest challenge facing humanity today. As demand for cloud services and digital technologies grows, reducing their environmental impact is critical. Technology roadmaps must make decarbonization a priority. ​ Hardware design has a key role to play. From increasing performance per watt and eliminating unnecessary compute to unlocking further optimizations, energy-efficient IP can significantly impact technology’s global carbon footprint. This presentation highlights the challenges – both real and perceived – to decarbonization and considers approaches for achieving energy efficiency in hardware design.
Speaker: Arm Inc.: Pierre-Alexandre Bou-Ach

30 min - Fast-tracking low-power design with an early power methodology 
Low-power is a subject of great attention and rightly so. Power can lead to design re-spins and competitive disadvantage for products. A low-power methodology from early RTL design to RTL sign-off can simplify design-for-low-power and also uncover downstream power sign-off issues, avoiding costly late-stage changes. Learn how a low-power methodology can be established that treats power as a first-class citizen and ensures the development of energy efficient IPs that are free of potential power issues which can cause chip failures.
Speaker: Qazi Ahmed

Building Power Efficient Cisco Network Switches Through PowerPro Guidance, Early Tracking and Optimization 
Building on their success in reducing power consumption with PowerPro via a clock gating efficiency gain of 10-20% with vectorless optimization, Cisco's Udupi Harisharan will discuss the usefulness of other tool features to guide designers in making effective clock gating decisions and the feeding back of key power metrics to the design team during RTL development.
Speaker: Cisco: Udupi Harisharan

Fast and Accurate Power Analysis Using PowerPro – From IP to System 
With increasing design complexities targeting ever-shrinking geometries, the Power Analysis tools are posed with a challenge of estimating power for these massively large designs with billions of gates with billions of cycles to estimate power under real workload scenarios. Challenge is that it must be accurate and has to be done quickly with fewer iterations. In this session, we are presenting how PowerPro’s enhanced Power Analysis solution and its integration with Veloce is helping user estimate the Power across the project development cycle from IP to System level.
Speaker: Mohammed Fahad and Mahmud Ullah

Meet the speakers


Pierre-Alexandre Bou-Ach

Technical Director, Physical Implementation

Pierre-Alexandre Bou-Ach is a Technical Director at Arm, originally from the south of France and now based in Trondheim, Norway.

He is helping the different Arm physical implementation teams worldwide with methodology and EDA strategy aspects, as well as being the physical implementation technical authority for the Total Compute program.

He started his career at STMicroelectronics inCrolles, France, working on high-performance Arm Cortex CPU implementations. He then joined Arm in 2013, working initially in the GPU group, notably as a physical implementation lead on several Mali GPU products and also as a methodology team lead for GPU physical design.


Udupi Harisharan

Sr. Tech Lead

Udupi Harisharan has worked on Networking Asics for the past 20 years taping out more than 15  Asics and Leads a team Focused on design and implementation including Asic Design methodologies involving Soc integration, Power optimization, Power Analysis and Emulation of the  Data center Asics at Cisco.

Siemens EDA

Anoop Saha

Sr Manager of Strategy

Anoop Saha manages strategic growth initiatives for Siemens EDA digital design portfolio - including Catapult High-Level Synthesis and PowerPro. He also manages outbound and inbound marketing as well as demand generation. Anoop has 20 years experience in the EDA industry in various roles - from development to marketing, sales and strategy. He is currently working on system level power modeling, custom hardware accelerators and machine learning in EDA. Anoop earned his bachelor degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Kanpur, India and is currently pursuing his Executive MBA from The Wharton School.

Siemens EDA

Mahmud Ullah

Low Power Technologist

Mahmud joined Siemens EDA's PowerPro team in September 2021 and has been working in PowerPro's power estimation areas. Before joining Siemens, Mahmud spent 23 years at Synopsys where he held many management and technical leadership roles in various sign-off products. He has a BSEE degree from Utah State University, MSEE and MBA degrees from San Jose State University.

Siemens EDA

Mohammed Fahad

Technical Marketing Engineer

Mohammed Fahad works with Siemens EDA as Technical Marketing Engineer. Fahad has more than 17 years of work experience in the field of Low Power, CDC and FPGA based system design. At Siemens EDA, Fahad is responsible for Low Power technology deployment and proliferation activities across a variety of Semiconductor customer base.

Siemens EDA

Qazi Faheem Ahmed

Principal Product Manager for PowerPro

Qazi is the Principal Product Manager for PowerPro low-power platform at Siemens EDA. He has over 17 years of experience spanning across ASIC/FPGA design and EDA.

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