Smart Chips for Smart Surroundings -- 4S

Eberhard Schuler, Ralf König, Jürgen Becker, G.K. Rauwerda, M.D. van de Burgwal, Gerardus Johannes Maria Smit

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review


    The overall mission of the 4S project (Smart Chips for Smart Surroundings) was to define and develop efficient flexible, reconfigurable core building blocks, including the supporting tools, for future Ambient System Devices. Reconfigurability offers the needed flexibility and adaptability, it provides the efficiency needed for these systems, it enables systems that can adapt to rapidly changing environmental conditions, it enables communication over heterogeneous wireless networks, and it reduces risks: reconfigurable systems can adapt to standards that may vary from place to place or standards that have changed during and after product development. In 4S we focused on heterogeneous building blocks such as analogue, hardwired functions, fine and coarse grain reconfigurable tiles and microprocessors. Such a platform can adapt to a wide application space without the need for specialized ASICs. A novel power aware design flow and runtime system was developed. The runtime system decides dynamically about the near-optimal application mapping to the given hardware platform. The overall concept was verified on hardware platforms based on an existing SoC and in a second step with novel silicon. DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) and MPEG4 Video applications have been implemented on the platforms demonstrating the adaptability of the 4S concept.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationReconfigurable Computing: From Fpgas to Hardware/Software Codesign
    EditorsJoão M.P. Cardoso, Michael Hübner
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages32
    ISBN (Print)978-1-46140-060-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Publication series

    PublisherSpringer Verlag


    • IR-78380
    • EWI-20429
    • METIS-281527

    Cite this