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Method to Reduce Chip Hot Spots Using Redundant Macros and Units

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030275D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Aug-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Aug-04

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Proposed is the use of redundant functional units and/or circuit macros to reduce thermal hot spots that are caused by the execution of tight computational loops in microprocessors. Reducing such hot spots can reduce thermal cooling and packaging costs while potentially increasing performance.