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A large scale integration based, signal processor -- its application and possible evolution
Author(s): W. L. Harland; R. Carvell, Jr.
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Paper Abstract

The Micro-Vector Processor (MVP) is designed for applications ranging from expendable single-processor weapons and buoys to large multiprocessor federated systems. Its design is centered on multiple applications, easy reprogrammability, and low-power operation. These design goals were achieved with an architecture that provides high throughput at moderate clock rates and maximum use of large-scale integration (LSI) integrated circuits; four new LSI circuits implement 96 percent of the logic in the MVP's vector unit. The MVP software design includes support for both application programming in high-level language and implementation of signal-processing algorithms in a symbolic microprogramming language. These two programmability levels reduce software costs for new applications and for changing requirements. Two examples are used to illustrate MVP applications: cruise missile guidance and a multichannel acoustic beamformer. The MVP architecture, or some close derivative, is considered suitable for reimplementation in very large-scale integration (VLSI).

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 July 1982
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0298, Real-Time Signal Processing IV, (30 July 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.932521
Show Author Affiliations
W. L. Harland, Texas Instruments Incorporated (United States)
R. Carvell, Jr., Texas Instruments Incorporated (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0298:
Real-Time Signal Processing IV
Tien F. Tao, Editor(s)

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