Hardware/Software Codesign for Platform FPGAs
System-on-a-chip FPGAs including embedded processors (hard or soft), busses, memory and hardware accelerators provide an opportunity for system designers to develop high performance, optimal systems. However, to realize the promise of this vision, a complete tool chain from concept to implementation is required. We describe an automated design framework that enables development of hardware/software FPGA systems starting with a pure, ANSI-C design specification. Profiling and analysis assist the developer in determining the hardware/software partition while a suite of verifications technologies including functional, cycle accurate, timing accurate and hardware-in-the-loop assist in system verification. Finally, advanced compilation technologies, including an optimized C to hardware compiler, provide a full push-button implementation flow.
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