Data transmission over a bus with peak-limited transition activity

Vijay Sundararajan, Keshab K. Parhi
2000 Proceedings of the 2000 conference on Asia South Pacific design automation - ASP-DAC '00  
Transitions on high capacitance busses in VLSI systems result in considerable power dissipation. Various coding schemes have been proposed in literature to encode the input signal in order to reduce the number of transitions. Reducing number of transitions comes in exchange for redundancy in data transferred over the busses. For a given amount of redundancy there exists a lower bound on the average number of transitions. In recent times noise and reliability problems have brought the
more » ... taneous power consumed in VLSI systems in to prominence. There has been limited study done on reducing the number of instantaneous transitions and hence the peak power consumed in busses. In this paper we model a bus with a limit on the maximum instantaneous transition activity as a constrained channel and derive an upper bound on the data-rate obtainable using the capacity of the underlying channel. We then demonstrate that some existing bus encoding schemes are near-optimal with respect to the derived bounds thus, perhaps, obviating the need to search for newer more complicated coding schemes. Also considered is a bus with a constraint on number of transitions in a fixed number of (k) bus transmissions. The capacity of such a bus is derived in the same manner as a bus with a constraint on maximum instantaneous transition activity.
doi:10.1145/368434.368611 dblp:conf/aspdac/SundararajanP00a fatcat:cof4rd2iwrgjtnacvnwaprlci4