Modeling Heterogeneous SoCs with SystemC: A Digital/MEMS Case Study

Provided by: Association for Computing Machinery
Topic: Hardware
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Designers of SoCs with non-digital components, such as analog or MEMS devices, can currently use high-level system design languages, such as SystemC, to model only the digital parts of a system. This is a significant limitation, making it difficult to perform key system design tasks - design space exploration, hardware-software co-design and system verification - at an early stage. This paper describes lumped analytical models of a class of complex non-digital devices - MEMS microhotplates - and presents techniques to integrate them into a SystemC simulation of a heterogeneous System-on-a-Chip (SoC).

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