High level modelling and automated generation of heterogeneous SoC architectures with optimized custom reconfigurable cores and on-chip communication media

Balal Ahmad, Ali Ahmadinia, Tughrul Arslan

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    In this paper we propose a framework for modeling and automated generation of heterogeneous SoC architectures with emphasis on reconfigurable component integration and optimized communication media. In order to facilitate rapid development of SoC architectures, communication-centric platforms for data intensive applications, high level modeling of reconfigurable components for quick simulation and a tool for generation of complete SoC architectures is presented. Four different communication-centric platforms based on traditional bus, crossbar, hierarchical bus and novel hybrid communication media are proposed. These communication-centric platforms are proposed to cater for the different communication requirement of future SoC architectures. Multi-Standard telecommunication application is chosen as our target application domain and a case study of WiMAX is used as a real world example to demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach. A system consisting of an ARM processor, reconfigurable FFT and reconfigurable Viterbi decoder is considered with the option of system scalability for future upgrades. Behavior of system with different communication platforms is analyzed for its throughput and power characteristics with different reconfigurable scenarios to show the effectiveness of our approach.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)597-615
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Systems Architecture
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010



    • communication media
    • modelling
    • SoC architectures
    • electrical engineering

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