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Some telecommunications (telecom) carriers now target a 20 percent power reduction per year on the equipment they deploy. This is a response to increasing power consumption in central offices, which is due to higher bandwidth capacities, increasing linecard port densities, more intelligent processing requirements, and more complex chip implementations. Higher power consumption equals higher operating costs for telecom providers, and leads to more complex engineering challenges for equipment suppliers dealing with thermal management. Semiconductors are a significant part of this power problem. The answer is to re-think chip implementation and delivery in order to meet the aggressive power-reduction goals set by carriers. The key enablers are the latest generation of FPGAs.
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