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Datapath design for a VLIW video signal processor

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4 Author(s)
Wolfe, A. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Princeton Univ., NJ, USA ; Fritts, J. ; Dutta, S. ; Fernandes, E.S.T.

This paper represents a design study of the datapath for a very long instruction word (VLIW) video signal processor (VSP). VLIW architectures provide high parallelism and excellent high-level language programmability, but require careful attention to VLSI and compiler design. Flexible, high-bandwidth interconnect, high-connectivity register files, and fast cycle times are required to achieve real-time video signal processing. Parameterizable versions of key modules have been designed in a 0.25 μm process, allowing us to explore tradeoffs in the VLIW VSP design space. The designs target 33 operations per cycle at clock rates exceeding 600 MHz. Various VLIW code scheduling techniques have been applied to 6 VSP kernels and evaluated on 7 different candidate datapath designs. The results of these simulations are used to indicate which architectural tradeoffs enhance overall performance in this application domain

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High-Performance Computer Architecture, 1997., Third International Symposium on

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1-5 Feb 1997