November 2, 2005

SoC drawer: Function allocation and specification

IBM RSS feed Power Arch writes "The system-on-a-chip (SoC) has emerged as the ideal replacement for multipart chipsets. The SoC design promises a single-chip solution, lower power, less board real estate, simpler integration, and lower part counts -- all of which are clearly quite attractive for emergent embedded products. However, packing all the resources needed into a single-chip solution is no easy task: mistakes in sizing on-chip resources require spinning the ASIC or giving up on the single-part solution and adding to the pin and part counts. In this article, Sam Siewart reviews approaches for the early function allocation analysis required to architect an SoC."

Link: ibm.com/developerworks

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