IEEE-SA and Accellera Team to Deliver 1801 Unified Power Format Standard

Low power design and verification standard now available through GET Program

Napa, Calif., May 30, 2013 - Accellera Systems Initiative (Accellera) announces they have once again partnered with the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), a globally recognized standards-setting body within the IEEE, to deliver a leading electronic design and verification standard to engineers and chip designers worldwide. The revised version of IEEE 1801-2013 "Standard for Design and Verification of Low Power Integrated Circuits Language Reference Manual" is now available through the IEEE Get Program. The IEEE Get program grants public access to view and download select IEEE standards at no charge.

The purpose of the standard, popularly known as UPF (Unified Power Format), is to provide portability of low power design specifications that can be used with a variety of commercial products throughout an electronic system design, analysis, verification and implementation flow. The format provides the ability to specify the supply network, switches, isolation, retention and other aspects relevant to power management of an electronic system.

With this addition, four standards are now available in partnership with the IEEE-SA:

  • IEEE 1801-2013-Standard: Standard for Design and Verification of Low Power Integrated Circuits
  • IEEE 1800-2012 Standard: SystemVerilog Unified Hardware Design, Specification, and Verification Language
  • IEEE 1685 Standard: IP-XACT, Standard Structure for Packaging, Integrating, and Reusing IP within Tool Flows
  • IEEE 1666 Standard: SystemC® Language Reference Manual

"We are pleased to once again partner with the IEEE-SA to deliver this much needed low power standard to the electronics industry," said Shishpal Rawat, chair of Accellera. "The standard defines the relationship between the low power design specification and the logic design, giving engineers the ability to accurately assess power intent and optimize their designs. This has a direct impact on the integrity of chip performance as well as a reduction of overall cost of development."

"The IEEE Standards Association is pleased to partner with Accellera to make available the IEEE 1801 standard at no charge to the global design community in keeping with our OpenStand support for global, open standards and to improve the way design teams around the globe develop, deploy and embrace technologies for the benefit of humanity," said Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director, IEEE Standards Association. "This standard, developed under the corporate program, had one of the largest number of corporate members participate, and demonstrates the market importance of this standard."

Get IEEE 1801 Standard: Design and Verification of Low Power Integrated Circuits Language Reference Manual
Beginning immediately, companies, universities, research institutions and individuals worldwide can freely access the standard. To download a PDF copy, click here.

About Accellera Systems Initiative
Accellera Systems Initiative is an independent, not-for profit organization dedicated to create, support, promote and advance system-level design, modeling and verification standards for use by the worldwide electronics industry. The organization accelerates standards development, and as part of its ongoing partnership with the IEEE, its standards are contributed to the IEEE Standards Association for formal standardization and ongoing change control. For more information, visit For membership information, contact us.

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