- Volume 11 Issue 5
As portable devices are used widely, power management algorithm is essential to extend battery use time on small-sized battery power. Although many methods have been proposed, they assumed the voltage transition overhead was negligible or was considered partially. However, the voltage transition overhead might not guarantee to schedule real-time tasks in portable multimedia systems. This paper proposes the adaptive power-aware algorithm to minimize the power consumption by considering the voltage transition overhead. It selects only a few discrete frequencies from the whole frequencies of a system and adjusts the interval between two consecutive frequencies based on the system utilization to reduce the number of frequency change. This algorithm saves the power consumption about 10 to 25 percent compared to a CC RT-DVS method and a frequency-smoothing method.