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Multimedia Terminal System-on-Chip Design and Simulation

  • Ivano Barbieri1Email author,
  • Massimo Bariani1,
  • Alessandro Scotto1 and
  • Marco Raggio1
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20052005:650749

Received: 30 January 2004

Published: 21 September 2005


This paper proposes a design approach based on integrated architectural and system-on-chip (SoC) simulations. The main idea is to have an efficient framework for the design and the evaluation of multimedia terminals, allowing a fast system simulation with a definable degree of accuracy. The design approach includes the simulation of very long instruction word (VLIW) digital signal processors (DSPs), the utilization of a device multiplexing the media streams, and the emulation of the real-time media acquisition. This methodology allows the evaluation of both the multimedia algorithm implementations and the hardware platform, giving feedback on the complete SoC including the interaction between modules and conflicts in accessing either the bus or shared resources. An instruction set architecture (ISA) simulator and an SoC simulation environment compose the integrated framework. In order to validate this approach, the evaluation of an audio-video multiprocessor terminal is presented, and the complete simulation test results are reported.

Keywords and phrases

system-on-chipmultimediaHW-SW codesignDSPsimulationVLIW

Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Biophysical and Electronic Engineering, University of Genova, Genova, Italy


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