A Field Programmable Sequencer and Memory with Middle Grained Programmability Optimized for MCU Peripherals

Yoshifumi KAWAMURA  Naoya OKADA  Yoshio MATSUDA  Tetsuya MATSUMURA  Hiroshi MAKINO  Kazutami ARIMOTO  

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IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E99-A   No.5   pp.917-928
Publication Date: 2016/05/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1587/transfun.E99.A.917
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: VLSI Design Technology and CAD
Keyword: 
FPGA,  MCU peripherals,  field programmable devices,  sequencer,  SRAM,  

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Summary: 
A Field Programmable Sequencer and Memory (FPSM), which is a programmable unit exclusively optimized for peripherals on a micro controller unit, is proposed. The FPSM functions as not only the peripherals but also the standard built-in memory. The FPSM provides easier programmability with a smaller area overhead, especially when compared with the FPGA. The FPSM is implemented on the FPGA and the programmability and performance for basic peripherals such as the 8 bit counter and 8 bit accuracy Pulse Width Modulation are emulated on the FPGA. Furthermore, the FPSM core with a 4K bit SRAM is fabricated in 0.18µm 5 metal CMOS process technology. The FPSM is an half the area of FPGA, its power consumption is less than one-fifth.