Silicon Integration Initiative Offers Common Power Format Tutorials

Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) announced the availability of an on-line Common Power Format (CPF) tutorial. The tutorial is a self-paced, 2 and ½ hour slide and audio presentation that educates engineers on the CPF Standard and provides detailed examples of actual usage. The syntax and semantics of the CPF format are also discussed in detail. It is presented by one of the three Low Power Coalition Architects, Qi Wang, with an introduction by Dr. Sumit Dasgupta of Si2. The tutorial was recorded in real time on December 6, 2007. The tutorial was extremely well received with 108 registrants.

The CPF standard was approved and made publicly available in March of 2007, and since then has achieved wide acceptance in EDA tool adoption, use in end-user tool flows, numerous completed chip tape-outs and subsequent testimonials, and adoption into major foundry reference flows. In addition to the CPF 1.0 standard document (868 downloads) and CPF tutorial (625 downloads), adoption aids include CPF Parser software (53 downloads) and a CPF Pocket Guide (1310 downloads), all freely available from Si2.

CPF is also supported by members of the Power Forward Initiative.

Later this week, the CPF Roadmap will be announced, detailing planned enhancements out through 2009.

About the Low Power Coalition (LPC)
The Low-Power Coalition (LPC) is delivering enhanced capabilities in low-power Integrated Circuit (IC) design flows in particular relating to specifications of low-power design intent, architectural tradeoffs, logical/physical implementation, design verification and testability. Member companies are: Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD), ARM (Nasdaq: ARMHY), Atrenta, Azuro, Cadence Design Systems (Nasdaq: CDNS), Calypto Design Systems, ChipVision Design Systems, Entasys, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM (NYSE: IBM), Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), LSI Logic (NYSE: LSI), NXP Semiconductors, Sequence Design, and Virage Logic (Nasdaq: VIRL). For further information on the Low Power Coalition, see

About Si2
Si2 is an organization of industry-leading semiconductor, systems, EDA, and manufacturing companies focused on improving the way integrated circuits are designed and manufactured in order to speed time to market, reduce costs, and meet the challenges of sub-micron design. Si2 is uniquely positioned to enable collaboration through a strong implementation focus driven by its member companies. Si2 focuses on developing practical technology solutions to industry challenges. Si2 represents companies involved in all parts of the silicon supply chain throughout the world.