Welcome to the latest issue of the ASIP eUpdate Newsletter, our bi-annual publication to keep you informed on topics related to application-specific instruction-set processor (ASIP) design. ASIPs are processors with an architecture and instruction set tuned for a specific application domain. They rely on similar techniques as used in the design of hardware accelerators to reach high performance and low power: heavy use of parallelism and specialized datapath elements. Yet ASIPs retain software programmability within their application domain, resulting in C/C++ programmable processors and accelerators with the lowest power possible.
March 2015 has been a milestone for Synopsys’ ASIP activities, with the announcement of ASIP Designer, which we will cover in this newsletter. You will also learn about, customer successes and upcoming events, and find other resources to help you design your application-specific processors for your specific requirements.