The Energy and Entropy of VLSI Computations

José A. Tierno, Rajit Manohar, and Alain J. Martin

We introduce the concept of energy index, a measure which can be used to estimate the power dissipation of a standard implementation of the high-level specification for an asynchronous circuit. This energy index is related to information-theoretic entropy measures. It is shown that these measures can be used to design low-power circuits.
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