Electronic products manufacturers say that achieving raw performance is no longer their number one issue—it is now “performance within an energy budget.” As semiconductor content increases with each new generation of applications, so does the semiconductor manufacturer’s contribution to energy consumption. Optimization of semiconductor products for high performance within constrained energy budgets must be tackled across a broad front, including semiconductor process technology, circuit design techniques, system architectures, platform configurations, and design methodologies, as well as system software.

This paper discusses the design techniques Freescale Semiconductor employs to enable a new generation of low cost, energy efficient electronics. The design challenge is using the technologies and techniques available to intelligently design for energy-efficient operation in all applications.

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