Microprocessor Architectures: From VLIW to TTA
- Complexity analysis of the data path of Instruction Level Parallel processors, particularly of VLIW (Very Long Instruction Word) and super-pipelined processors
- Derivation of the transport triggering concept illustrating processor simplification
- In-depth analysis of the architecture design space of TTAs and evaluation of architecture parameters
- Examination of the control and pipelining of instruction, function and register units
- Description of a trajectory for the automatic synthesis of TTAs for arbitrary applications written in a high-level language
- Detailed description of a prototype TTA processor enabling the reader to design an embedded computer system with excellent cost-performance ratio
Microprocessor Architectures is cutting-edge text which will prove invaluable to both industrial hardware and software engineers involved in embedded system design and to postgraduate electrical engineering and computer science students. This clearly-structured reference demonstrates the versatility of TTAs and explores their influential role in the next generation of computer architecture.
Trends in Computer Architecture.
Complexity of Instruction Level Parallel Processors.
TRANSPORT TRIGGERING CONCEPT.
From VLIW to TTA.
An Example Transport Triggered Processor.
THE DESIGN SPACE OF TRANSPORT TRIGGERED ARCHITECTURES.
Transport Design Space.
Function Unit Design Space.
Register Unit Design Space.
ARCHITECTURE EVALUATION AND SYNTHESIS.
Evaluation of Architecture Parameters.
Automatic Synthesis of Transport Triggered Processors.
Summary and Perspective.