Satsuki: An Integrated Processor Synthesis and Compiler Generation System

Barry SHACKLEFORD  Mitsuhiro YASUDA  Etsuko OKUSHI  Hisao KOIZUMI  Hiroyuki TOMIYAMA  Hiroto YASUURA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E79-D    No.10    pp.1373-1381
Publication Date: 1996/10/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Synthesis and Verification of Hardware Design)
Category: Hardware-Software Codesign
computer aided design,  system design,  processor design,  compiler generation,  

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Entire systems on a chip (SOCs) embodying a processor, memory, and system-specific peripheral hardware are now an everyday reality. The current generation of SOC designers are driven more than ever by the need to lower chip cost, while at the same time being faced with demands to get designs to market more quickly. It was to support this new community of designers that we developed Satsuki-an integrated processor synthesis and compiler generation system. By allowing the designer to tune the processor design to the bitwidth and performance required by the application, minimum cost designs are achieved. Using synthesis to implement the processor in the same technology as the rest of the chip, allows for global chip optimization from the perspective of the system as a whole and assures design portability. The integral compiler generator, driven by the same parameters used for processor synthesis, promotes high-level expression of application algorithms while at the same time isolating the application software from the processor implementation. Synthesis experiments incorporating a 0.8 micron CMOS gate array have produced designs ranging from a 45 MHz, 1,500 gate, 8-bit processor with a 4-word register file to a 31 MHz, 9,800 gate, 32-bit processor with a 16-word register file.