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Do Chip Designers Worry About the Impact of Power Consumption on Sustainability? Sonics and Semico Team Up for Power Management Best Practices Survey

Sonics, Inc. and Semico Research Corporation have launched the “On-Chip Power Management Best Practices” survey. The purpose of this industry survey is to understand how chip designers are managing power consumption and contrast that with expected future best practices. The companies will publish results of the survey on their web sites in the fall of 2016.

Not Enough Energy by 2040?
“Energy is a finite resource and reducing its consumption should be everyone’s concern,” said Sonics’ CEO Grant Pierce. “Power is becoming one of the top issues facing chip designers. Semico and Sonics are conducting a survey to better understand today's status quo and tomorrow's trends for power management best practices among chip design teams in semiconductor and electronic systems companies.”
There are predictions from a Semiconductor Industry Association report “Rebooting the IT Revolution: A Call to Action,” that we may run out of energy to power computers by 2040. There are ways to easily save power at the system component and sub-system level and the NRDC has recently published its report, “Slashing Energy Use in Computers and Monitors While Protecting Our Wallets, Health, and Planet,” that provides some amazing statistics about the savings opportunities in PC design.

What is the Power Savings Opportunity at the Chip Level?
Help Sonics and Semico understand power savings practices and trends in chip design. Click here or go to to take the survey. Survey respondent data will be kept strictly confidential.

About Semico Research Corp.
Semico Research Corp is a semiconductor marketing and consulting research company located in Phoenix, Arizona. Semico was founded in 1994 by a group of semiconductor industry experts. We have improved the validity of semiconductor product forecasts via technology roadmaps in end-use markets. Semico offers custom consulting, portfolio packages, individual market research studies and premier industry conferences.

About Sonics, Inc.
Sonics, Inc. (Milpitas, Calif.) is the trusted leader in on-chip network (NoC) and power management technologies used by the world's top semiconductor and electronics product companies, including Broadcom®, Intel®, Marvell®, MediaTek, and Microchip®. Sonics was the first company to develop and commercialize NoCs, accelerating volume production of complex systems-on-chip (SoC) that contain multiple processor cores. Based on the ICE-Grain™ Power Architecture, Sonics' ICE-G1™ is the industry’s first complete Energy Processing Unit (EPU), which enables rapid development of SoC power management subsystems. Sonics is also a catalyst for ongoing discussions about design methodology change via the Agile IC Methodology LinkedIn group. Sonics holds approximately 150 patent properties supporting customer products that have shipped more than four billion SoCs. For more information, visit, and follow us on Twitter (@sonicsinc) and LinkedIn.

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