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Designing SOCs with Configured Cores by Steve Leibson

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5.15. An MPSOC-Design Tool

Configurable, extensible processor cores and pre-configured processor cores are the backbone of high-performance MPSOC architecture. The availability of automatic techniques to derive instruction extensions for configurable processor cores allows the final processor-configuration process to be delayed till almost the end of the system-design process. Of course, pre-configured processors used in the MPSOC’s design need no additional configuration.

By automatically generating a configuration and extended ISA for the configurable processor cores early in the MPSOC’s design, a lower bound on the MPSOC’s performance envelope can be established for the initial task mappings onto the MPSOC’s processors, which can be quickly ...

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