A disciplined approach to the development of platform architectures

David I. August, K. Keutzer, Sharad Malik, A. R. Newton

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Silicon capability has enabled the embedding of an entire system on a single silicon die. These devices are known as systems-on-a-chip. Currently, the design of these devices is undisciplined, expensive, and risky. One way of amortizing the cost and ameliorating this design risk is to make a single integrated circuit serve multiple applications, and the natural way of enabling this is through end-user programmability. The aim of the MESCAL project, which is the subject of this paper, is to introduce a disciplined approach to producing reusable architectural platforms that can be easily programmed to meet a variety of applications. (MESCAL stands for Modern Embedded Systems, Compilers, Architectures, and Languages.)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)881-890
Number of pages10
JournalMicroelectronics Journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


  • Application specific instruction set processors (ASIPs)
  • Mescal project
  • Platform-architecture development
  • Retargetable compilation


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