Designing ASIPs in Multicore SoCs White Paper
Modern SoCs integrate dozens of complex system functions, each requiring its own optimal balance of
performance, flexibility, energy consumption, communication, and design time. The traditional model of
a (configurable) general-purpose processor core with a number of fixed hardware accelerators no longer
suffices. Application-specific instruction-set processors (ASIPs) can offer the best balance for each system
function, and thus form the basis of new generations of multicore SoCs. ASIP design requires tools and
methodologies that enable fast architectural exploration, hardware synthesis, software compilation, inter-ASIP
communication, and verification. Any ASIP design approach has to support a broad range of architectures,
from small microprocessors, over DSP dominated cores, to VLIW and vector processors.
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