A Comparison of Three FPGA Optimized NoC Architectures

Provided by: Linkoping University
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
Network-on-chips (NoCs) have long been seen as a possible solution to the on-chip interconnection problems encountered when dealing with large system on a chip designs. However, almost all Network-on-Chip (NoC) publications are primarily targeting ASIC solutions. In this paper, the authors instead describe the details of three different network types optimized for the Virtex-4 FPGA architecture; a packet switched, a circuit switched and a minimalistic network without arbitration. The latter is included primarily for performance comparisons.

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