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The inclusion of programmable logic cores in modern SoC motivates the need for an access network to make full use of this resource. The programmable nature of these cores removes the requirement of input/output ordering on this access network. Theoretical work on a class of unordered networks called concentrators has shown that as these networks become large, they have a lower cost than ordered or permutation networks. However, currently known constructions of concentrator networks are not lower cost than permutation networks for the entire range of networks of the size required for SoC. This paper demonstrates the differences in the cost and depth of concentrator and permutation networks. It also presents a new construction of a concentrator network that has lower cost and depth than a permutation network for all configurations.
Date of Conference: 23-26 May 2005