COOL Chips International Symposium

COOL Chips International Symposium will take place April 14-16, 2010 in Yokohama, Japan. The COOL Chips symposium covers leading-edge technologies in all areas of microprocessors and their applications. The conference is sponsored by the Technical Committees on Microprocessors and Microcomputers and Computer Architecture of the IEEE Computer Society.

At COOL Chips, Chris Rowen (Tensilica founder and chief technology officer) will discuss the paradox facing mobile baseband SOCs. Rowen will describe practical successes for ultra-low energy processors used for LTE PHY subsystem designs achieving 150Mbps data rates in less than 250mW. He will conclude that resolving this paradox has a domino effect on wireless infrastructure, DTV and wired communications.

Resolving the Grand Paradox: Low Energy and Full Programmability in 4G Mobile Baseband SOCs
Wednesday, April 14, 10:00 am
On one hand, increased mobility dictates smaller batteries, longer battery life and improved energy efficiency. On the other hand, the complexity of new baseband standards like LTE — plus the multimedia, network protocols and application services enabled by fast baseband — dictate increased programmability, ubiquitous multi-core and more software layers.

Chris Rowen, Ph.D. is founder, chief technology officer, member of the board of directors, and Tensilica’s first president. Rowen was a pioneer in the development of RISC architecture at Stanford in the early 80s and helped start MIPS Computer Systems, Inc. in 1984, where he served as vice president for Microprocessor Development. Most recently, he was vice president and general manager of the Design Reuse Group of Synopsys, Inc. Rowen received a B.A. in physics from Harvard University and M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

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