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Non-rectangular reconfigurable cores for system-on-chip
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Paper Abstract

Non-rectangular cores of standard-cell-based reconfigurable logic can be used to fill space left on System-on-Chips, thereby providing the system with hardware reconfigurability. The proposed architecture for a non-rectangular reconfigurable core is based on a fixed set of blocks that implement logic functions, interconnections and configurable switching. The basic blocks connect by abutment to form clusters and clusters abut to form a complete reconfigurable core. A software tool was created to generate a gate-level netlist and the floorplan data of the reconfigurable logic core together with a basic testbench. Cores with non-rectangular shapes were created using 90 nm and 45 nm standard-cell technologies and validated by simulation. The results demonstrate the feasibility of a flexible, technology-independent architecture for non-rectangular reconfigurable logic cores that can be physically implemented using a standard digital design flow.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7363, VLSI Circuits and Systems IV, 736305 (28 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.823269
Show Author Affiliations
Pedro Alves, Univ. of Porto (Portugal)
João Canas Ferreira, Univ. of Porto (Portugal)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7363:
VLSI Circuits and Systems IV
Teresa Riesgo; Eduardo de la Torre; Leandro Soares Indrusiak, Editor(s)

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