Energy-efficient architecture for advanced video memory

Felipe Sampaio, Muhammad Shafique, Bruno Zatt, Sergio Bampi, Jorg Henkel

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An energy-efficient hybrid on-chip video memory architecture (enHyV) is presented that combines private and shared memories using a hybrid design (i.e., SRAM and emerging STT-RAM). The key is to leverage the application-specific properties to efficiently design and manage the enHyV. To increase STT-RAM lifetime, we propose a data management technique that alleviates the bit-Toggling write occurrences. An adaptive power management is also proposed for static-energy savings. Experimental results illustrate that enHyV reduces on-chip static memory energy compared to SRAM-only version of enHyV and to state-of-Art AMBER hybrid video memory [9] by 66%-75% and 55%-76%, respectively. Furthermore, negligible external memory energy consumption is required for reference frames communication (98% lower than state-of-The-Art Level C+ technique [18]). Our data management significantly improves the enHyV STT-RAM lifetime, achieving 0.83 of normalized lifetime (near to the optimal case). Our hybrid memory design and management incur low overhead in terms of latency and dynamic energy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, ICCAD 2014 - Digest of Technical Papers
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781479962785
StatePublished - Jan 5 2015
Event2014 33rd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, ICCAD 2014 - San Jose, United States
Duration: Nov 2 2014Nov 6 2014

Publication series

NameIEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, Digest of Technical Papers, ICCAD
ISSN (Print)1092-3152


Other2014 33rd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, ICCAD 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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