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Virtual self-timed blocks for systems-on-chip

Lookup NU author(s): Yuan Chen, Dr Fei Xia, Professor Alex Yakovlev


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Intellectual Properties (IP cores) are widely used as pre-designed and reusable units in various System-On-Chip (SOC) designs, but their integration has presented difficulties for system designers. In this paper, we propose an approach to better reuse IP cores while maintain energy efficiency for SOC systems. Here we employ a so called Self-Timed Event Processor (STEP) to make each IP core into a virtual selftimed block. Much of the IP cores' pre-designed properties can be preserved and the new SOC systems that use virtual self-timed blocks can be more energy efficient. A MATLAB based investigation is carried out on an example STEP processor. ©2006 IEEE.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Chen Y, Xia F, Yakovlev A

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Proceedings - IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems

Year of Conference: 2006

Pages: 1969-1972

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/ISCAS.2006.1692998

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ISBN: 0780393902