Application-specific instruction set processors (ASIPs) have established themselves as a third implementation option for modern SoCs, i.e. when standard processor IP cannot meet challenging application-specific requirements, and fixed hardware is not flexible enough. Heterogeneous multicore systems including ASIPs are now becoming more mainstream. Domains such as 5G, data centers, artificial intelligence, and automated driving assistance have fueled the development of such ASIPs, and triggered many university projects. Processor design projects such as the RISC-V initiative at UC Berkeley have also generated a lot of interest in designing specialized, application-optimized processor architectures.
Used by top tier companies for hundreds of successful projects to date, Synopsys’ ASIP Designer is the market leading tool for the design, verification and programming of ASIPs.
The ASIP University Day is intended to be an informal forum for university teams to exchange ideas, and to build up networks among university teams involved in the design of such specialized processors. Also, Synopsys will share their insight into market trends, and will provide a technical update on ASIP Designer, training courses available for classroom exercises, and reference examples.