Power management on embedded devices boils down to an amazingly simple principle “turn-off anything you don’t use.” Though this sounds fairly simple, the actual implementation can be quite complex. The Nucleus® real-time operating system attempts to minimize the complexity by taking care of as many of the nitty-gritty details as possible, allowing the software developer to make high-level decisions, but also giving the developer the option of full control if desired.
The attached paper covers a few of the power management techniques that define device static power consumption. Dynamic CPU power savings utilizing CPU_Idle functionality and the automatic tick suppression feature available in Nucleus will also be discussed. Lastly, the concept of Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling (DVFS) will be covered as it applies to both static and dynamic power savings. All of the discussed techniques are analyzed when applied to the Atmel reference platform AT91SAM9M10-EKES.
You can also see the power saving features in action on the Freescale i.MX28 evaluation board in the video below: