By Steve Leibson
Designing SOCs with Configured Processor Cores is a necessary reference for system-on-chip designers. This well-written booklet supplies a pragmatic advent to 3 easy strategies of recent SOC layout: use of optimized usual CPU and DSP processors cores, application-specific configuration of processor cores, and system-level layout of SOCs utilizing configured cores because the key development block. Readers will locate it's always the 1st publication they achieve for in defining and designing their subsequent chip. Chris Rowen, President and CEO, Tensilica, Inc. we are poised near to a revolution in computing. rather than fixed-architecture processors acceptable merely to general-purpose computing or special-purpose electronic sign processing initiatives, we are relocating to system-on-chip (SoC) units containing a number of processor cores, every one configured to accomplish particular initiatives with severe functionality whereas eating ultra-low strength. The surf is up - and this publication tells us the best way to journey the wave! Clive Max Maxfield, President, TechBites Interactive and writer of The layout Warriors advisor to FPGAs Steve Leibson's ebook is a gradual creation to the paintings of electronic electronics layout taking pictures a massive second within the construction of the total method on a chip. Generously dotted with block diagrams and snippets of code utilizing the automobile offered through Xtensa expertise, the booklet takes the reader during the evolution that ended in a number of cores and configurable engines. Max Baron, Senior Analyst on the Microprocessor file
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An Energy Efficient-Reconfigurable Circuit-Switched Network-onChip," International SOC Conference, Tampere, Finland, November 2005. CHAPTER 3 XTENSA ARCHITECTURAL BASICS Anyone can build a fast CPU. The trick is to build a fast system. mSeymour Cray Academic researchers, system-on-chip (SOC) designers, and ASIC and EDA vendors are in a fair a m o u n t of agreement as to what must be done to reduce SOC design risks. SOC designs m u s t become flexible enough to a c c o m m o d a t e design changes brought on by design errors, spec changes, standards changes, and competitive market forces.
Ultimately, the Manual concludes that the simple waterfall-development model simply does not work for more complex SOC designs. 2 shows an expanded ASIC design flow. 1 and shows the people involved at each design step, the tasks they perform, and the tools used to perform each of the tasks. This figure provides a better view into the steps needed to convert a system definition into a placed and routed netlist that is ready for chip fabrication. 1 lacked. 2 still falls short of showing an SOC design flow (as opposed to an ASIC design flow) because the entire SOC design occupies just one box--a task to be performed by the system architect.
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