Application specific processor design: Architectures, design methods and tools
In this tutorial paper, we will outline a solution for prototyping, programming and implementing Application Specific Instruction-set Processors (ASIPs). A general introduction into this class of processor architectures and their characteristics is provided. The Synopsys Processor Designer tool suite and the LISA language for ASIP design are jointly introduced in the context of a H.264 design example. Finally, implementation results are presented.