IMAP: Integrated Memory Array Processor--Toward a GIPS Order SIMD Processing LSI--

Yoshihiro FUJITA  Nobuyuki YAMASHITA  Shin'ichiro OKAZAKI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E76-C   No.7   pp.1144-1150
Publication Date: 1993/07/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on New Architecture LSIs)
Category: Memory-Based Parallel Processor Architectures
electronic circuits,  semiconductor devices,  memory technologies,  

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This paper describes the architecture and simulated performance of a proposed Integrated Memory Array Processor (IMAP). The IMAP is an LSI which integrates a large capacity memory and a one dimensional SIMD processor array on a single chip. The IMAP holds, in its on-chip memory, data which at the same time can be processed using a one dimensional SIMD processor integrated on the same chip. All processors can access their individual parts of memory columns at the same time. Thus, it has very high processor-memory data transfer bandwidth, and has no memory access bottleneck. Data stored in the memory can be accessed from outside of the IMAP via a conventional memory interface same as a VRAM. Since the SIMD processors on the IMAP are configured in a one dimensional array, multiple IMAPs could easily be connected in series to create a larger processor and memory configuration. To estimate the performance of such an IMAP, a system architecture and instruction set were first defined, and on the basis of those two, a simulator and an assembly language were then developed. In this paper, simulation results are presented which indicate the performance of an IMAP in both image processing and artificial neural network calculations.