Association for Computing Machinery
Embedded processors are key for rapidly growing application fields ranging from automotive to personal mobile communication/ computation/entertainment etc. In the early 1990s, the term ASIP has emerged denoting processors with an application specific instruction set. They present a far better efficiency in terms of performance/area; MIPS/mW compared to main stream processors and eventually makes today's embedded (and often mobile) devices possible. The term ASIP comprises now-a-days a far larger variety of embedded processors allowing for customization in various ways including a) instruction set extensions, parameterization and inclusion/exclusion of predefined blocks tailored to specific applications.