Approximate computing is considered as a promising approach to design of power- or area-efficient digital circuits. This paper proposes a systematic methodology for design and worst-case accuracy analysis of approximate array multipliers. Our methodology systematically designs a series of approximate array multipliers with different area, delay, power and accuracy characteristics so that an LSI designer can select the one which best fits to the requirements of her/his applications. Our experiments explore the trade-offs among area, delay, power and accuracy of the approximate multipliers.
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