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A major challenge of software-defined radio (SDR) is to realize many giga operations per second of flexible baseband processing within a power budget of only a few hundred mW. A heterogeneous hardware architecture with the programmable vector processor EVP as key component can support WLAN, UMTS, and other standards. A detailed rationale for the EVP(More)
Abstrucf-Recent research has demonstrated that for certain types of applications like sampled audio systems, self-timed circuits can achieve very low power consumption, because unused circuit parts automatically turn into a stand-by mode. Additional savings may be obtained by combining the self-timed circuits with a mechanism that adaptively adjusts the(More)
In this paper we view VLSI design as a programming activity. VLSI designs are described in the algorithmic programming language Tangram. The paper gives an overview of Tangram, providing sufficient detail to invite the reader to try a small VLSI program himself. Tangram programs can be translated into handshake circuits, networks of elementary components(More)
High-end mobile phones support multiple radio standards and a rich suite of applications, which involves advanced radio, audio, video, and graphics processing. The overall digital workload amounts to nearly 100GOPS, from 4b integer to 24b floating-point operations. With a power budget of only 1W this inevitably leads to heterogeneous multi-core(More)