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Issue No. 09 - September (2008 vol. 57)
ISSN: 0018-9340
pp: 1182-1195
Anthony Leroy , Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles
Dragomir Milojevic , Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles
Diederik Verkest , Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Frédéric Robert , Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles
Francky Catthoor , Inter-university Micro-Electronics Center, Heverlee, Belgium
To ensure low power consumption while maintaining flexibility and performance, future Systems-on-Chip (SoC) will combine several types of processor cores and data memory units of widely different sizes. To interconnect the IPs of these heterogeneous platforms, Networks-on-Chip (NoC) have been proposed as an efficient and scalable alternative to shared buses. NoCs can provide throughput and latency guarantees by establishing virtual circuits between source and destination. State-of-the-art NoCs currently exploit Time-Division Multiplexing (TDM) to share network resources among virtual circuits, but this typically results in high network area and energy overhead with long circuit set-up time. We propose an alternative solution based on Spatial Division Multiplexing (SDM). This paper describes our design of an SDM-based network, discusses design alternatives for network implementation and shows why SDM can be better adapted to NoCs than TDM in a specific context. Our case study clearly illustrates the advantages of our technique over TDM in terms of energy consumption, area overhead, and flexibility. A comparison is also performed with a State-of-the-Art industrial reference NoC: Arteris.
Spatial Division Multiplexing, Network-on-Chip

D. Milojevic, F. Robert, A. Leroy, F. Catthoor and D. Verkest, "Concepts and Implementation of Spatial Division Multiplexing for Guaranteed Throughput in Networks-on-Chip," in IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 57, no. , pp. 1182-1195, 2008.
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