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A reconfigurable processor architecture and software development environment for embedded systems

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9 Author(s)
Campi, F. ; ARCES, Bologna Univ., Italy ; Cappelli, A. ; Guerrieri, R. ; Lodi, A.
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Flexibility, high computing power and low energy consumption are strong guidelines when designing new generation embedded processors. Traditional architectures are no longer suitable to provide a good compromise among these contradictory implementation requirements. In this paper we present a new reconfigurable processor that tightly couples a VLIW architecture with a configurable unit implementing an additional configurable pipeline. A software development environment is also introduced providing a user-friendly tool for application development and performance simulation. Finally, we show that the HW/SW reconfigurable platform proposed achieves dramatic improvement in both speed and energy consumption on signal processing computation kernels.

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Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, 2003. Proceedings. International

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22-26 April 2003