Sequence PowerTheater Enables Ubicom to Reduce Power Consumption by 25%

Communications and Media Processor standout Ubicom has chosen Sequence Design’s PowerTheater because it demonstrated the ability to reduce power consumption in its multi-core IC logic arrays by 25 percent.

Ubicom designers employed multiple PowerTheater features on the latest member of their StreamEngine 5000(TM) family, including RTL power analysis and optimization, RTL clock power analysis, and automated power-reducing Wattbots and power linters. This chip, which includes 10 MPUs, commercial IP, memory, and 350K gates of standard cell logic, was designed at 130nm. Clock power was 45 percent of the total power budget, which is common.

“Sequence is the EDA leader in power-aware design tools,” Jon Gibbons, Ubicom’s Vice President of VLSI Engineering said. “We have been impressed with PowerTheater’s ability to measure and significantly reduce power in designs early, with a high degree of accuracy. With the PowerTheater RTL power flow, we can dramatically improve our design productivity for power. Sequence has also been a good company to partner with for power technical expertise, applications support and even sales.”

Gibbons noted that PowerTheater’s RTL power analysis demonstrated excellent correlation within 5 percent of gates. He also said the company plans to continue working with Sequence, particularly as they move to advanced process sizes and leakage power becomes more of an issue. Ubicom will use PowerTheater for evaluating what are the most effective techniques to hit the power spec.

PowerTheater’s advanced capabilities include architectural exploration, RTL power analysis and reduction, clock power management, modal analysis, and support for “silicon-aware” power management techniques such as multi-Vt, voltage islands and power gating.

Ubicom’s StreamEngine 5000(TM) family communications and media processors (CMPs) are a new class of processors specifically designed to meet the stringent requirements for delivering multimedia content to, and within, the digital home. This new generation of processors offers high sustained throughput, deterministic processing, multiple concurrent application management, flexibility, security acceleration, low system and development cost, and fast time to market.

About Ubicom, Inc.
Ubicom develops communications and media processor (CMP) and software platforms that address the unique demands of real-time interactive applications and multimedia content delivery in the digital home. The company provides optimized system-level solutions to OEMs for a wide range of products including wireless routers, access points, VoIP gateways, streaming media devices, print servers and other network devices. Ubicom’s unique multithreaded processor design, real-time operating system, and application-level solutions combine to ensure a high-quality user experience with unprecedented ease of use. Ubicom is a venture-backed, privately held company with corporate headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.

About Sequence
Sequence Design accelerates the ability of SoC designers to bring high-performance, power-aware ICs quickly to market. Sequence’s power and signal- integrity software solutions give customers the competitive advantage necessary to excel in aggressive technology markets, despite the demanding complexity and time-to-market issues of nanometer design. Sequence serves over 150 customers worldwide, in application segments such as consumer, wireless, mobile computing, multimedia, cell phones, digital cameras, network-on-chip processors, and other power-sensitive markets. Sequence has worldwide development and field-service operations and is privately held.