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Achieving High-Bandwidth DSP Simulations Using Ethernet Hardware-in-the-Loop

Authored on: Jun 5, 2006 by Ben Chan, Nabeel Shirazi, and Jonathan Ballagh

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The System Generator for DSP Ethernet hardware co-simulation interfaces provide convenient, high-bandwidth solutions for simulating video and image processing applications on the Xilinx ML402 platform. These interfaces make it possible to simulate remote FPGA platforms, or for higher performance, a board attached directly to the host PC using an Ethernet cable. By using the SystemACE solution, device configuration is accomplished over an Ethernet connection, eliminating the need for a second programming cable. As shown from the benchmark results, the interface can enable simulation speedups by several orders of magnitude.

Both the Ethernet co-simulation interfaces and video processing reference design are distributed with the Xilinx System Generator v8.1 software tool.

Reprinted with permission from Xcell DSP Magazine / May 2006 © Xcell DSP Magazine.

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