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Development of a Power Efficient SMT Processor with Heterogeneous Instruction Set Architectures
D - Abstracts of IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems (Japanese Edition) Vol.J95-D No.6 pp.1334-1346
Publication Date: 2012/06/01
Online ISSN: 1881-0225
Print ISSN: 1880-4535
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
VLIW/superscalar mixed architecture,
processor development environment,
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The use of heterogeneous multi-core processors is very popular. However, multi-core processors that increase the chip area by directly incorporating discrete cores are not the best solution for power consumption. Therefore, we developed a heterogeneous SMT processor named OROCHI on a step-by-step development environment. OROCHI is capable of executing two threads simultaneously by resource sharing between VLIW and superscalar units. Based on an ASIC implementation, we compared OROCHI with a heterogeneous multi-core processor. The evaluation results show that the power efficiency of OROCHI is 1.31 times better, using only 79% of the chip area of the multi-core processor.