Three Dimensional FPGA Architectures: A Shift Paradigm for Energy-Performance Efficient DSP Implementations

Date Added: Jan 2012
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Modern applications exhibit increased complexity which introduces extra constraints during implementation related to delay, power consumption and silicon area. This problem is even more important when the authors deal with Digital System Processor (DSP) kernels, as there are demands for even higher clock frequencies and logic densities, which cannot be satisfied with existing design technologies. Three-Dimensional (3D) integration is an emerging technology that promises to alleviate problems related to performance improvement, but up to now this new design approach has not been sufficiently explored. In this paper, they propose a novel 3D FPGA architecture able to implement efficiently DSP applications. The proposed architecture is software-supported by a methodology targeting to explore DSP enhanced 3D FPGA devices.