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On-Demand Webinar:

Electronic Components & Product Design

Date: March 27, 2013
Time: 11 AM EDT (8 AM PDT / 4:30 PM CET)
Duration: 0.75 hour


The importance of power management in today's embedded designs has been steadily growing as an increasing number of battery-powered devices are developed. Often power optimizations are left to the very end of the project cycle, almost as an afterthought. In this presentation we will discuss design considerations that should be made when starting a new power-sensitive embedded design. These include choosing the hardware with desired capabilities, defining a hardware architecture that will allow software to control power consumption dynamically, defining appropriate power usage profiles, making the appropriate choice of an operating system and drivers, choosing measurable power goals, and providing these goals to the software development team to track throughout the development process.

Key Takeaways

  • Acquire an appreciation of why power consumption is a key issue
  • Learn how and when software influences power consumption
  • Discover which significant design decisions influence power consumption


Colin Walls, Embedded Software Technologist, Mentor Graphics

Colin Walls has over twenty-five years experience in the electronics industry, largely involved with embedded software - very much a pioneer in this specialty. Colin has authored a great many technical articles and one of the first books on embedded software ["Programming Dedicated Microprocessors"; Macmillan Education, 1986]. His most recent publication is "Embedded Software: The Works" [2nd edition; Newnes, 2012], which addresses a wide range of embedded software topics. He is an embedded software technologist with Mentor Embedded [the Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division] and maintains a blog at http://blogs.mentor.com/colinwalls.

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