Design Automation Conference (2000)
Los Angeles, CA
June 5, 2000 to June 9, 2000
William R. Lee , IBM Microelectronics, Raleigh, NC
Reinaldo A. Bergamaschi , IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY
Leading-edge systems-on-chip (SoC) being designed today could reach 20 Million gates and 0.5 to 1 GHz operating frequency. In order to implement such systems, designers are increasingly relying on reuse of Intellectual property (IP) blocks. Since IP blocks are pre-designed and pre-verified, the designer can concentrate on the complete system without having to worry about the correctness or performance of the individual components. That is the goal, in theory. In practice, assembling on SoC using IP blocks is still an error-prone, labor-intensive and time-consuming process. This paper discusses the main challenges in SoC designs using IP blocks and elaborates on the methodology and tools being put in place at IBM for addressing the problem. It explains IBM's SoC architecture and gives algorithmic details on the high-level tools being developed for SoC design.
IP, communication interface, system design
William R. Lee, Reinaldo A. Bergamaschi, "Designing Systems-on-Chip using Cores", Design Automation Conference, vol. 00, no. , pp. 420-425, 2000, doi:10.1109/DAC.2000.855348