Steep-slope devices: From dark to dim silicon

Karthik Swaminathan, Emre Kultursay, Vinay Saripalli, Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, Mahmut T. Kandemir, Suman Datta

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Although the superior subthreshold characteristics of steep-slope devices can help power up more cores, researchers still need CMOS technology to accelerate sequential applications, because it can reach higher frequencies. Device-level heterogeneous multicores can give the best of both worlds, but they need smart resource management to realize this promise. In this article, the authors discuss device-level heterogeneous multicores and various resource-management schemes for reaching higher energy efficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6576745
Pages (from-to)50-59
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Micro
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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