Regular readers will know that low power designs are an interest of mine. Indeed one of the very first blog posts I made lamented how difficult it is to ascertain how much energy it takes to perform various tasks typical to an embedded system. Thus it was a pleasant surprise to receive an IAR newsletter today announcing a tool (‘Power debugging’) that is explicitly designed to help one lower a system’s power consumption. The tool isn’t available yet, but if the propaganda is to be believed it should be a very interesting adjunct to the debugging arsenal. The sign up procedure to beta test the tool doesn’t seem to work properly, but on the assumption that I made it onto the beta tester list I will post a review once I get my hands on it.
BTW I have to admit I found the name of the article / tool (‘Power debugging’) a bit confusing in the sense that I interpreted power in the vernacular sense (e.g. ‘power walking’, ‘power breakfast’) rather than the engineering sense. I guess I’m just a victim of so much marketing hyperbole that I can’t recognize plain talk any more. Oh well!