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Embedded Systems Design with Platform FPGAs by Andrew G. Schmidt, Ronald Sass

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Partitioning

There is always a point where a certain effect is the greatest, while on either side of this point it gradually diminishes. [Law of Diminishing Returns]

Thomas R. Malthus

The Corn Laws

The decomposition of a software reference design into two components — the portion to be realized in hardware and the portion that will run as software on the processor — is the essence of the partitioning problem.

For systems based on Platform FPGAs, partitioning is a subset of the more general problem addressed by hardware/software codesign. In codesign, hardware refers to the broader definition of hardware (physical, nonsequential, and possibly analog components) and, as such, involves assigning components of the application to a wide variety ...

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