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Network-on-Chip (NoC) is the interconnection platform that answers the requirements of the modern on-Chip design. Small optimizations in NoC router architecture can show a significant improvement in the overall performance of NoC based systems. Power consumption, area overhead and the entire NoC performance is influenced by the router buffers. Resource sharing for on-chip network is critical to reduce the chip area and power consumption. An area efficient implementation of a routing node for a NoC is presented. Of the four components of routing node, the input block (mainly consisting of buffers) and scheduler have been modified to save area requirements. The other two components of the routing node take up negligible area in comparison.
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