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Customizable Embedded Processors: Design Technologies and by Paolo Ienne, Rainer Leupers

By Paolo Ienne, Rainer Leupers

Customizable processors were defined because the subsequent traditional step within the evolution of the microprocessor enterprise: a step within the lifetime of a brand new expertise the place most sensible functionality by myself isn't any longer enough to assure industry good fortune. different elements develop into primary, akin to time to marketplace, comfort, strength potency, and simplicity of customization. This e-book is the 1st to discover comprehensively probably the most basic traits which emerged within the final decade: to regard processors now not as inflexible, mounted entities, which designers contain "as is" of their items; yet particularly, to construct sound methodologies to tailor-fit processors to the categorical wishes of such items. This e-book addresses the target of holding a really huge relatives of processors, with quite a lot of good points, at a value equivalent to that of retaining a unmarried processor. ?· First e-book to provide comprehensively the foremost ASIP layout methodologies and instruments with none specific bias. ?· Written by way of lots of the pioneers and most sensible foreign specialists of this younger area. ?· particular mixture of administration standpoint, technical aspect, learn outlook, and useful implementation.

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3 Finally, grouping several operations into a single, complex instruction is very closely tied to a specific algorithm and, therefore, the least flexible approach. The main advantage is its efficiency, as overhead and data transfer is minimized. 3 The term “regular sections” here denotes sections where a particular sequence of arithmetic operations is applied to multiple data. Chapter 2 26 ■ Opportunities for Application-Specific Processors As discussed in the previous section, the algorithms in the lower right corner of Fig.

One of us—Leupers, in Chapter 16—puts to work techniques similar to those of Chapter 8 and shows how one can achieve practical results on a real and broadly used extensible architecture. The book concludes with Chapter 17, by Bilski, Mohan, and Wittig, which looks into the world of FPGAs and describes the opportunities and challenges of designing one of the two best known lightweight customizable processors commercially available for FPGAs. 6 TRAVEL BROADENS THE MIND This book is a journey through a multitude of technical problems and successful solutions, with the occasional open issue for academics to tackle.

The explanation for this huge difference is simple: the Trimedia has a specialized instruction for the blockmatching algorithm, while the TI processor has no such instruction. 2 How to Exploit the Huge Design Space? While the design space is huge, the obvious question is: can we exploit this gold mine? Before we attempt to outline a methodology to do so, it is instructive to examine Fig. 4. Fig. 4 shows network processors based on their approaches toward parallelism. On this chart, we have also plotted iso-curves of designs that issue 8, 16, and 64 instructions per cycle.

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