Journal of Universal Computer Science
Mainstream electronic designs are realized by Systems-on-Chips (SoCs) that push the limits of integration. The advancement of manufacturing technologies in terms of integration leads the people to SoCs with many (e.g., 10 - 1000) digital units (e.g., processor cores, controllers, storage and application-specific units) that need to be interconnected in an efficient and reliable way. The Network-on-Chip (NoC) design paradigm emerged recently as a promising alternative to classical bus-based communication architectures. Aside from better predictability and lower power consumption, the NoC approach offers greater scalability compared to previous solutions for on-chip communication.