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The successful Rapid Prototyping of Application-Specific Signal Processors (RASSP) program of the US Department of Defense (DARPA and Tri-Services) targets a 4X improvement in the design, prototyping, manufacturing, and support processes (relative to current practice). We present a "current industrial system design practice (circa 1993)" model for the design and prototyping of application-specific signal processors developed as part of the DARPA's RASSP Education & Facilitation (E&F) Program. A number of limitations in current design practice are highlighted together with a number of candidate RASSP solutions, and some of the future challenges.

V. K. Madisetti, "Rapid Digital System Prototyping: Current Practice, Future Challenges," in IEEE Design & Test of Computers, vol. 13, no. , pp. 12-22, 1996.
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