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Designing SOCs with Configured Cores by Steve Leibson

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15.2.1. Avoiding Disaster Scenario 1: Insufficient Productivity

Certainly, new SOC-design techniques can effectively bridge the productivity gap between the number of transistors available on nanometer silicon and the number of transistors that designers can effectively use (as shown in Figure 15.1). Often, discussions of system-design styles involve the phrase “moving to a higher level of abstraction” without fully defining that new abstraction level. To some, that new abstraction level is a new, system-level design language such as UML (the Unified Modeling Language). System Verilog and SystemC are also contenders.

System design is closely linked with high-level modeling. After design, SOCs must be modeled through simulations because the actual ...

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