Towards a Mixed-signal SoC Platform

A. Zanikopoulos, J.A. Hegt, A.H.M. Roermund, van

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The designers cannot keep pace with the technology, which provides such massive amount of transistors. Time-to-market pressure and increased design complexity created what it is called a "design gap" [1]. As a solution to that problem the Platform-Based Design (PBD), based on the design-reuse methodology, has been proposed [2], [3]. Furthermore, time-to-market pressure and the masks’ ownership cost drive us to more disciplined design styles. Figure 2 presents the natural evolution of design methodologies through time. Moreover, it is true that in the System-on-Chip (SoC) design the analog part dominates the overall design time, cost and risk. The I/O interfacing by analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters (ADC’s/DAC’s) is a necessary part of every SoC system that has to communicate with the real (analog) world. In this paper we propose the Mixed-signal FPGA (FPMA) platform as a solution to the described above problems. The FPMA platform is an extension of the purely digital FPGA platform with additional analog functions such as ADC’s/DAC’s, anti-alias filters, etc. Specifically, we present the feasibility of an ADC platform, based on the use of identical basic building blocks and we demonstrate several possible ADC architectures.
Originele taal-2Engels
TitelProceedings of the 15th ProRISC, Annual Workshop on Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing (ProRISC 2004) 25 - 26 November 2004, Veldhoven, the Netherlands
Plaats van productieUtrecht, the Netherlands
UitgeverijSTW Technology Foundation
ISBN van geprinte versie90-73461-43-X
StatusGepubliceerd - 2004
Evenement2004 Annual Workshop on Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing (ProRISC 2004) - Veldhoven, Nederland
Duur: 25 nov 200426 nov 2004


Congres2004 Annual Workshop on Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing (ProRISC 2004)
Verkorte titelProRISC 2004
AnderProRISC 2004, Veldhoven, the Netherlands


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