Evaluation of ASIPs Design with LISATek
An ASIP is an hardware architectural concept meant to fill the gap between ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) and DSPs (Digital Signal Processors). The formers are highly efficient but lack flexibility. This paper evaluates an ASIP design methodology based on the extension of an existing instruction set and architecture described with LISA 2.0 language. The objective is to accelerate the ASIPs design process by using partially predefined, configurable RISC-like embedded processor cores that can be quickly tuned to given applications by means of ISE (Instruction Set Extension) techniques. A case study demonstrates the methodological approach for the JPEG algorithm.