A platform-centric approach to system-on-chip (SOC) design by V Madisetti; Chonlameth Arpnikanondt

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The interface-based approach adopted by SystemC singularly might not suffice to tackle current issues in the development of SoC systems. The chip-in-a-day approach [46] proposed by the University of California, Berkeley’s Wireless Research Center (BWRC) represents an early prototype for the more promising platform-based design [14]. The approach uses Mathworks’ Simulink to capture a high-level data flow and control flow diagrams. Based on pre-characterized hardware components, it implements data path macros directly using a tool such as Synopsys’s Module Compiler, while the control logic is translated into VHDL and synthesized.

3, which is adapted from [29] and [106], illustrates the structure of the UML real-time profile that also depicts the interactions among different active entities (represented by “stick figures”) and profile packages. The UML real-time profile’s general resource model deals specifically with various aspects of resources modeling in the real-time domain. It details a comprehensive treatment on resources-sharing where mechanisms for modeling activeness and protection are defined. Services as provided by the resources are either exclusive or non-exclusive, with various quality of service (QoS) characteristics imposed upon them.

Within these interfaces and channels, UML stereotypes can be defined for communication and synchronization services. Other UML models such as Use Case and Sequence diagrams provide means for specifying test benches and test scenarios, while a combination of welldefined State diagram semantics and Action semantics [133] serves as a driving force for code generation, optimization, and synthesis. In addition, the extended Deployment diagrams, called the Mapping diagrams, may be employed to model system platforms [14] and furnish the platformdependent refinement paradigm for performance analysis, and optimized implementation generation.

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