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High computational effort in modern image processing applications like medical imaging or high-resolution video processing often demands for massively parallel special purpose architectures in form of FPGAs or ASICs. However, their efficient implementation is still a challenge, as the design complexity causes exploding development times and costs. This(More)
Recommended by Shuvra Bhattacharyya Digital signal processing algorithms are of big importance in many embedded systems. Due to complexity reasons and due to the restrictions imposed on the implementations, new design methodologies are needed. In this paper, we present a SystemC-based solution supporting automatic design space exploration, automatic(More)
With increasing design complexity, the gap from ESL (Electronic System Level) design to RTL synthesis becomes more and more crucial to many industrial projects. Although several behavioral synthesis tools exist to automatically generate synthesizable RTL code from C/C++/SystemC-based input descriptions and software generation for embedded processors is(More)
Actor-based design is based on composing a system of communicating processes called actors, which can only communicate with each other via channels. However, actor-based design does not constrain the communication behavior of its actors therefore making analyses of the system in general impossible. In a model-based design methodology the underlying Model of(More)
Progress in reconfigurable hardware technology allows the implementation of complete SoCs in today's FPGAs. In the context design for reliability, software checkpointing is an effective methodology to cope with faults. In this paper, we systematically extend the concept of checkpointing known from software systems to hardware tasks running on reconfigurable(More)
In this paper, we propose a top-down power and performance estimation methodology for heterogeneous multiprocessor systems-on-chip. The proposed approach is applicable at the Electronic System Level (ESL). Thus, power and performance estimation can be applied in very early design phases. By strictly separating the system functionality from its architecture(More)
SystemCoDesigner is an ESL tool developed at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. SystemCoDesigner offers a fast design space exploration and rapid prototyping of behavioral SystemC models. Together with Forte Design Systems, a fully automated approach was developed by integrating behavioral synthesis into the design flow. Starting from a(More)