Highly configurable platforms for embedded computing systems

Frank Vahid, Roman Lysecky, Chuanjun Zhang, Greg Stitt

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Platform chips, which are pre-designed chips possessing numerous processors, memories, coprocessors, and field-programmable gates arrays, are becoming increasingly popular. Platforms eliminate the costs and risks associated with creating customized chips, but with the drawbacks of poorer performance and energy consumption. Making platforms highly configurable, so they can be tuned to the particular applications that will execute on those platforms, can help reduce those drawbacks. We discuss the trends leading embedded system designers towards the use of platforms instead of customized chips. We discuss UCR research in designing highly configurable platforms, highlighting some of our work in highly configurable caches, and in hardware/software partitioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1025-1029
Number of pages5
JournalMicroelectronics Journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2003


  • Architecture tuning
  • Cache
  • Configurable
  • Cores
  • Embedded systems
  • Field-programmable gate array
  • Hardware/software partitioning
  • Low energy
  • Platform
  • System-on-a-chip

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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