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Save Power 1: Dynamic Clock Gating


Replace `nice clean' synchronous clock enable with a logic gate.

One clock control logic gate serves a number of neighbouring flip-flops: state machine or broadside register.

Problem with AND gate: if CEN changes when clock is high: causes a glitch.

Problem with OR gate: if CEN changes when clock is low: causes a glitch.

Care needed to match clock skew when crossing to/from non-gated domain: avoid shoot-through by building out the non-gated parts as well.

48: (C) 2008-12, DJ Greaves, University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory.