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A Precise High-Level Power Consumption Model for Embedded Systems Software

MostafaEA Ibrahim12*, Markus Rupp2 and HossamAH Fahmy3

Author Affiliations

1 Electrical Engineering Department, High Institute of Technology, Benha University, 13512 Benha, Egypt

2 Institute of Communications and RF Engineering, Vienna University of Technology, 1040 Vienna, Austria

3 Electronics and Communication Department, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, 12613 Cairo, Egypt

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EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems 2011, 2011:480805  doi:10.1155/2011/480805

Published: 19 August 2010


The increasing demand for portable computing has elevated power consumption to be one of the most critical embedded systems design parameters. In this paper, we present a precise high-level power estimation methodology for the software loaded on a VLIW processor that is based on a functional level power model. The targeted processor of our approach is the TMS320C6416T DSP from Texas Instrument. We consider several important issues in our model such as the pipeline stall, inter-instructions effect and cache misses. The contributions are the following. First, a precise model to estimate the power consumption of the targeted DSP, while running a software algorithm is proposed. Second, we prove the validation and precision of our model on many typical algorithms applied in signal and image processing. Third, we further validate the precision of our model on a real application applied in the video processing field. The power consumption estimated by our model is compared to the physically measured power consumption, achieving a very low average absolute estimation error of 1.65% and a maximum absolute estimation error of only 3.3%.