Leakage Current: Moore's Law Meets Static Power

Nam Sung Kim, Todd Austin, David Blaauw, Trevor Mudge, Krisztián Flautner, Jie S. Hu, Mary Jane Irwin, Mahmut Kandemir, Vijaykrishnan Narayanan

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Off-state leakage is static power, current that leaks through transistors even when they are turned off. The other source of power dissipation in today's microprocessors, dynamic power, arises from the repeated capacitance charge and discharge on the output of the hundreds of millions of gates in today's chips. Until recently, only dynamic power has been a significant source of power consumption, and Moore's law helped control it. However, power consumption has now become a primary microprocessor design constraint - one that researchers in both industry and academia will struggle to overcome in the next few years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages8
Specialist publicationComputer
StatePublished - Dec 2003

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  • Computer Science(all)


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