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Modern FPGAs provide increased gate count with decreased power consumption. Several IP cores along with embedded processor and memory provide a great opportunity of implementing system-on-chip (SoC) designs on configurable devices. Networks-on-Chip (NoC) is an emerging style of SoC design, introduced to overcome the communication and performance bottlenecks of a shared-bus approach. Multi local port router (MLPR) present a novel design alternative for the traditional NoC design. This new methodology offers numerous advantages including bandwidth optimization and reduced network area & power consumption, resulting eventually in improved performance of the NoC system. Unlike the bus-based systems, communication in NoCs until now have been between pair of cores, with no scope of multi-casting. In this research, we advance a step further in the pursuit of a high performance FPGA-based NoC system. We exploit the multi-casting nature present in various application system task graphs and present a novel & improved MLPR architecture with broadcast capability. We present the modified architecture, the decoding scheme and the stripped-down crosspoint matrix, resulting in reduced logic usage & increased performance. We report the synthesis and the simulation results.
Date of Conference: 28-30 Aug. 2006