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Title: Setting operating points for circuits in an integrated circuit chip

The described embodiments include an apparatus that controls voltages for an integrated circuit chip having a set of circuits. The apparatus includes a switching voltage regulator separate from the integrated circuit chip and two or more low dropout (LDO) regulators fabricated on the integrated circuit chip. The switching voltage regulator provides an output voltage that is received as an input voltage by each of the two or more LDO regulators, and each of the two or more LDO regulators provides a local output voltage, each local output voltage received as a local input voltage by a different subset of the circuits in the set of circuits. During operation, a controller sets an operating point for each of the subsets of circuits based on a combined power efficiency for the subsets of the circuits and the LDO regulators, each operating point including a corresponding frequency and voltage.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1485057
Assignee:
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.(Santa Clara, CA) LLNL
Patent Number(s):
10,097,091
Application Number:
15/793,951
Contract Number:
AC52-07NA27344
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2017 Oct 25
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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