Designing the Right Architecture

A tool-assisted, system-level performance analysis flow for interconnect and memory performance optimization.

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Designing the right architecture of a multi-processor SoC for today’s sophisticated electronic products is a challenging task. The most critical element for meeting the performance requirements of the entire system is the interconnect and memory architecture. These SoC infrastructure IP components are highly configurable and need to be customized to the communication needs of all the other modules on the chip, such as the application processor, the graphics unit, and all the external connectivity IP. Finding the right configuration of the interconnect and memory IP to balance performance requirements and cost considerations requires an efficient performance analysis methodology, which allows for early and accurate investigation of architectural trade-offs.

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