Smartphone technology has had a significant influence on the way other computing devices are designed. The requirement has now switched to more energy-efficient computing where extended battery life, and portability are now not just a luxury but a basic requirement.

This is particularly relevant to the notebook PC market. Consumers are demanding “truly mobile” PC’s and this is largely as a result of the advances in smartphone SoC technology. High performance, lightweight hardware is now expected as a bare minimum as well as longer battery lives, secure connectivity and high performance video and graphics applications.

These notebook PC devices are far more demanding in terms of computing resources and consumers want all the features without compromising on battery life and mobility. This presents major challenges for SoC designers. Embedded in-chip monitors for process, voltage and temperature, mean integrated circuit designers can address these challenges and help optimise the performance of the design.