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.
On September 25th, Synopsys, in cooperation with the Department of Electrical and Information Technology of Lund University organized the ASIP University Day 2019. Leading university teams presented results from their ongoing ASIP projects in domains such as 5G baseband and AI accelerators. Synopsys presented latest case studies and in-depth insight into the ASIP Designer technology. Teaching embedded processor design classes, and how to leverage ASIP Designer, was another subject of the day.