Low-Power Motion-Vector Detection VLSI Processor Based on Pass-Gate Logic with Dynamic Supply-Voltage/Clock-Frequency Scaling


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E87-C   No.11   pp.1876-1883
Publication Date: 2004/11/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on New System Paradigms for Integrated Electronics)
CMOS pass gate,  supply-voltage control,  clock-frequency control,  motion-vector detection,  sum of absolute differences,  

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A new circuit technique based on pass-gate logic with dynamic supply-voltage and clock-frequency control is proposed for a low-power motion-vector detection VLSI processor. Since the pass-gate logic style has potential advantages that have small equivalent stray capacitance and small number of short-circuit paths, its circuit implementation makes it possible to reduce the power dissipation with maintaining high-speed switching capability. In case the calculation result is obtained on the way of calculation steps, additional power saving is also achieved by combining the pass-gate logic circuitry with a mechanism that dynamically scales down the supply voltage and the clock frequency while maintaining the calculation throughput. As a typical example, a sum of absolute differences (SAD) unit in a motion-vector detection VLSI processor is implemented and its efficiency in power saving is demonstrated.