A reconfigurable function array architecture for 3G and 4G wireless terminals

P.M. Heysters, Henri Bouma, Jaap Smit, Gerardus Johannes Maria Smit, Paul J.M. Havinga

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    Advance in low-power hand-held multimedia systems requires exploration of novel system architectures. In conventional computer architectures, an increase in processing power also implies an increase in energy consumption. In a mobile system this results in a shorter operating-time. Limiting the generality of an architecture can improve its energy efficiency. However, application specific architectures have a number of drawbacks and are too restricted. Therefore, an application domain specific architecture is proposed. As part of an application domain specific architecture for the digital signal-processing domain, the Field Programmable Function Array (FPFA) was conceived. The FPFA is a reconfigurable device with a data-path that can be configured to implement a number of DSP algorithms energy efficiently. The flexibility in the FPFA results in a data-path that requires many control signals. To reduce the vast amount of control signals, the FPFA control-path uses a combination of configuration registers and vertical microprogramming.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationWorld Wireless Congress
    Place of PublicationCupertino, California
    PublisherDelson Group
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)1529-2592
    Publication statusPublished - May 2002
    EventWorld Wireless Congress, WWC 2002: On Third Generation Wireless and Beyond - San Francisco, United States
    Duration: 28 May 200231 May 2002

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    PublisherDelson Group Inc


    ConferenceWorld Wireless Congress, WWC 2002
    Abbreviated titleWWC
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Francisco


    • IR-38405
    • CAES-PS: Pervasive Systems
    • EWI-897
    • METIS-210501
    • CAES-EEA: Efficient Embedded Architectures

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