IEICE Transactions on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences
Online ISSN : 1745-1337
Print ISSN : 0916-8508
Special Section on VLSI Design and CAD Algorithms
Automatic Communication Synthesis with Hardware Sharing for Multi-Processor SoC Design
Yuki ANDOSeiya SHIBATAShinya HONDAHiroyuki TOMIYAMAHiroaki TAKADA
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Volume E93.A (2010) Issue 12 Pages 2509-2516

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We present a hardware sharing method for design space exploration of multi-processor embedded systems. In our prior work, we had developed a system-level design tool named SystemBuilder which automatically synthesizes target implementation of a system from a functional description. In this work, we have extended SystemBuilder so that it can automatically synthesize an area-efficient implementation which shares a hardware module among different applications. With SystemBuilder, designers only need to enable an option in order to share a hardware module. The designers, therefore, can easily explore a design space including hardware sharing in short time. A case study shows the effectiveness of the hardware sharing on design space exploration.

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