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Dynamically reconfigurable systems either adopt a processor-controlled networked architecture or a sequencer-controlled data flow architecture. In the networked architecture, the processor is overloaded with data transfer requests, whereas in the data flow architecture, the burden is completely shifted from the processor to the data sequencer. As a tradeoff between these two extremes, this work proposes a novel module sequencer architecture, which not only allows the processor and the sequencer to share the heavy data communication load, but is also more coherent with the conventional processor-FPGA architecture. Further, the architecture is highly flexible because it can be tuned to fit a particular application. Application examples show how the proposed architecture is superior to the networked architecture in terms of lower communication load and to the data flow architecture in terms of reduced system complexity.
Date of Conference: 12-14 Dec. 2007