Trends in hardware architecture for mobile devices
Esponda, Margarita ;  Universität <Berlin, Freie Universität> / Fachbereich Mathematik und Informatik

Main titleTrends in hardware architecture for mobile devices
AuthorEsponda, Margarita
InstitutionUniversität <Berlin, Freie Universität> / Fachbereich Mathematik und Informatik
No. of Pages27 S.
Series Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Mathematik und Informatik : Ser. B, Informatik ; [20]04,17
Classification (DDC)004 Data processing and Computer science
AbstractIn the last ten years, two main factors have fueled the steady growth in sales of mobile
computing and communication devices: a) the reduction of the footprint of the devices
themselves, such as cellular handsets and small computers; and b) the success in
developing low-power hardware which allows the devices to operate autonomously for
hours or even days. In this review, I show that the first generation of mobile devices
was DSP centric – that is, its architecture was based in fast processing of digitized
signals using low-power, yet numerically powerful DSPs. However, the next generation
of mobile devices will be built around DSPs and low power microprocessor cores for
general processing applications. Mobile devices will become data-centric. The main
challenge for designers of such hybrid architectures is to increase the computational
performance of the computing unit, while keeping power constant, or even reducing it.
This report shows that low-power mobile hardware architectures design goes hand in
hand with advances in compiling techniques. We look at the synergy between hardware
and software, and show that a good balance between both can lead to innovative lowpower
processor architectures.
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FU DepartmentDepartment of Mathematics and Computer Science
Other affiliation(s)Institut für Informatik
Year of publication2004
Type of documentWorking paper
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