Chapter 36. Theoretical Underpinnings

André DeHonDepartment of Electrical and Systems EngineeringUniversity of Pennsylvania

Throughout this book there are examples for which reconfigurable designs offer superior performance to processor-based solutions. The reconfigurable implementation is typically orders of magnitude faster than the processor-based system. Even when we normalize the performance advantage to the number of components used in the solution, or to the number of square millimeters of silicon in the same process technology, we often see the reconfigurable solution providing one to two orders of magnitude higher computational capacity per square millimeter. These observations raise questions about reconfigurable computing systems.

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