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This paper presents a novel instruction cell-based reconfigurable computing architecture for low-power applications, thereafter referred to as the reconfigurable instruction cell array (RICA). For the development of the RICA, a top-down software driven approach was taken and revealed as one of the key design decisions for a flexible, easy to program, low-power architecture. These features make RICA an architecture that inherently solves the main design requirements of modern low-power devices. Results show that it delivers considerably less power consumption when compared to leading VLIW and low-power digital signal processors, but still maintaining their throughput performance.
Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:16 , Issue: 1 )
Date of Publication: Jan. 2008