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Networks-on-Chip are seen as promising interconnect solutions, offering the advantages of scalability and high frequency operation which the traditional bus interconnects lack. Several NoC implementations have been presented in the literature, some of them having mature tool-flows and ecosystems. The main differentiating factor between the various implementations are the services and communication patters they offer to the end-user. In this paper, the authors present dAElite, a TDM Network-on-Chip that offers a unique combinations of features, namely guaranteed bandwidth and latency per connection, built-in support for multicast, and a short connection set-up time. While their NoC was designed from the ground up, they leverage on existing tools for network dimensioning, analysis and instantiation.
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