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Engineering the Complex SOC: Fast, Flexible Design with Configurable Processors by Chris Rowen

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Chapter 3A New Look at SOC Design

This book focuses on a particular SOC design technology and methodology, here called the advanced or processor-centric SOC design method. The essential enabler for this technology is automatic processor generation—the rapid and easy creation of new microprocessor architectures, complete with efficient hardware designs and comprehensive software tools. The high speed of the generation process and the great flexibility of the generated architectures underpin a fundamental shift of the role of processors in system architecture. Automatic generation allows processors to be more closely tailored to the computation and communication demands of an application. This tailoring, in turn, expands the roles of processors ...

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