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<p>Exploring the emergence of embedded computing, the authors predict that the computer industry will develop significantly different computer architectures at the system and processor levels as well as a wide range of off-the- shelf (OTS) and custom designs. Automation of computer architecture will revolutionize performance and functionality. </p> <p>The authors probe three features of embedded computer architecture. They show that specialization increases performance and reduces manufacturing costs, that customization permits specialization when no specialized OTS product is available, and that automation reduces design costs. The costs of implementing system-on-chip designs, along with the need for more customization, will lead to the automation of computer architecture, whose practicality and effectiveness the authors demonstrate using their program- in, chip-out architecture synthesis system. </p> <p>The authors affirm that the distinct product, market, and application requirements of embedded computing will lead to special-purpose, heterogeneous, and irregular system and processor architecture. </p>

B. R. Rau and M. S. Schlansker, "Embedded Computer Architecture and Automation," in Computer, vol. 34, no. , pp. 75-83, 2001.
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