Power Forward Initiative to Expand

The Power Forward Initiative (PFI), an industry group addressing obstacles to low-power IC design facing the electronics industry, today announced its plan to invite a limited number of EDA companies to participate in the Initiative. EDA companies who join will be given access to the Draft Version 1.0 of the Common Power Format (CPF) specification and will be able to work with other Initiative members to evolve Version 1.0 towards broad industry adoption and standardization. Draft Version 1.0 is targeted for release by January 31, 2007 to the PFI membership.

The Common Power Format aims to link design, verification and implementation to reduce risk and increase predictability in chip power reduction. Members will work to adopt a new automated design infrastructure aimed at reducing chip power consumption. To achieve its goal, the Power Forward Initiative charter calls for, among other things, the refinement of the CPF specification to capture all essential design intent for power and link the design, implementation and verification domains.

The addition of EDA advisors is another key step to further the Initiative’s goal to develop the CPF specification with the intent of submission to a standards body for adoption. The new EDA advisors will be invited to attend an educational workshop on CPF to be held in the fall timeframe.

“This is an important step in promoting the wide adoption of the Common Power Format specification,” said Greg Buchner, vice president of engineering at ATI Research, and Power Forward Initiative advisory member.

“Si2 is committed to its mission of interoperability and integration, leveraging open processes for standards development,” said Steve Schulz, president and CEO of Si2. “We applaud the Power Forward Initiative taking the next step toward true openness, and we look forward to engaging with them at the appropriate time for full industry standardization.”

Current participants in the Initiative include Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)(NYSE: AMD); Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT); ARM [(LSE: ARM)(NASDAQ: ARMHY)]; ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY)(NASDAQ: ATYT); Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS); Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) (NYSE:FSL.B); Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702); NEC Electronics Corp. (TSE: 6723); Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI);and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC)(TSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM).

Common Power Format
There is an evident need for a broad-based method of specifying power-management design intent across the entire design chain to ensure design quality and productivity. CPF is a new specification language that addresses the limitation in the design automation tool flow by capturing the designer’s intent for power management and enabling the automation of advance power-lowering design techniques. The Common Power Format enables all design- and technology-related power objectives to be captured in a single file and allows the application of that file data across the design flow, providing a consistent reference point for design development and production.

The Power Forward Initiative will host an open-forum luncheon from11:30 am to 2 pm on Wednesday, July 26, at the Design Automation Conference in Rooms 124-125 at the San Francisco Moscone Center.