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Towards the System LSI Design Technology
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences
Publication Date: 2001/01/01
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Section on the 10th Anniversary of the IEICE Transactions of Fundamentals: "Last Decade and 21st Century")
system LSI, system on a chip, embedded system, soft-core processor,
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System LSI is a new principal product of semiconductor industry and also a key component of Information Technology (IT). Design of a system LSI contains two different characteristics, system design and LSI design. It is keen issue to establish a design methodology of system LSIs in which designers have much freedom on their design from system level to device level and also can control various design parameters to optimize their design. In this paper, considerations on markets of system LSIs and requirements from each application are summarized. Some proposals on new directions of design methodology are also surveyed.