The evolution of electronic systems is pushing traditional silicon designers
into areas that require new domains of expertise. In addition to the design of
complex hardware, System-on-Chip (SoC) design requires software development,
operating systems and new system architectures. Future SoC designs
will resemble a miniature on-chip distributed computing system combining
many types of microprocessors, re-configurable fabrics, application-specific
hardware and memories, all communicating via an on-chip inter-connection
network. Designing good SoCs will require insight into these new types of
architectures, the embedded software, and the interaction between the
embedded software, the SoC architecture, and the applications for which the
SoC is designed.
This book collects contributions from the Embedded Software Forum of
the Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference (DATE 03) that took
place in March 2003 in Munich, Germany. The success of the Embedded
Software Forum at DATE reflects the increasing importance of embedded
software in the design of a System-on-Chip.
Embedded Software for SoC covers all software related aspects of SoC
Embedded and application-domain specific operating systems, interplay
between application, operating system, and architecture.
System architecture for future SoC, application-specific architectures based
on embedded processors and requiring sophisticated hardware/software
Compilers and interplay between compilers and architectures.
Embedded software for applications in the domains of automotive, avionics,
multimedia, telecom, networking, . . .
This book is a must-read for SoC designers that want to broaden their
horizons to include the ever-growing embedded software content of their next
SoC design. In addition the book will provide embedded software designers
invaluable insights into the constraints imposed by the use of embedded
software in a SoC context.