Designing SOCs with Configured Cores : Unleashing the Tensilica Xtensa and Diamond Cores
Processor cores for SOC designs can be far more plastic than microprocessor ICs for board-level system designs. Shaping these cores for specific applications produces much better processor efficiency and much lower system clock rates. Together, Tensilica's Xtensa and Diamond processor cores constitute a family of software-compatible microprocessors covering an extremely wide performance range from simple control processors, to DSPs, to 3-way superscalar processors. Yet all of these processors use the same software-development tools so that programmers familiar with one processor in the family can easily switch to another.
This book emphasizes a processor-centric MPSOC (multiple-processor SOC) design style shaped by the realities of the 21st-century and nanometer silicon. It advocates the assignment of tasks to firmware-controlled processors whenever possible to maximize SOC flexibility, cut power dissipation, reduce the size and number of hand-built logic blocks, shrink the associated verification effort, and minimize the overall design risk.
- Hardback | 344 pages
- 195.6 x 238.8 x 25.4mm | 612.36g
- 15 Aug 2006
- ELSEVIER SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
- Morgan Kaufmann Publishers In
- San Francisco, United States
- Approx. 140 illustrations; Illustrations, unspecified
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