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Asynchronous functional coupling for low power sensor network processors

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Albert Koelmans, Professor Alex Yakovlev


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This paper describes the design of an asynchronous implementation of a sensor network processor. The main purpose of this work is the reduction of power consumption in sensor network node processors and the research presented here tries to explore the suitability of asynchronous circuits for this purpose. The Handshake Solutions toolkit is used to implement an asynchronous version of a sensor processor. The design is made compact, trading area and leakage power savings with dynamic power costs, targeting the typical sparse operating characteristics of sensor node processors. It is then compared with a synchronous version of the same processor based on a reasonable power metric to guarantee accurate comparison. Apart from that, we also compare the design effort between synchronous and asynchronous implementations. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007.

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Author(s): Delong S, Chihoon S, Ping W, Fei X, Koelmans A, Myeonghoon O, Seongwoon K, Yakovlev A

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)

Year of Conference: 2007

Pages: 53-63

Publisher: Springer

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ISBN: 9783540744412