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System specification and design consists of describing a system's desired functionality, and of mapping that functionality for implementation on a set of system components, such as processors, ASIC's, memories, and buses. In this article, we describe the key problems of system specification and design, including specification capture, design exploration, hierarchical modeling, software and hardware synthesis, and cosimulation. We highlight existing tools and methods for solving those problems, and we discuss issues that remain to be solved.

F. Vahid and D. D. Gajski, "Specification and Design of Embedded Hardware-Software Systems," in IEEE Design & Test of Computers, vol. 12, no. , pp. 53-67, 1995.
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