Pieter van der Wolf, Synopsys, The Netherlands


Modular MPSoC Integration with Subsystems


As heterogeneous MPSoCs evolve to implement more system functions, their hardware / software architectures have to evolve as well in order to manage design complexity. Specifically, modularity can be increased by building MPSoCs from subsystems that pre-integrate hardware and software components to implement well-recognized system functions. Example subsystems are an audio subsystem, a video subsystem, and a modem subsystem. We compare traditional IP integration with the integration of subsystems, addressing both hardware and software aspects. We illustrate benefits of a subsystem-based approach with concrete examples for an audio subsystem.


Pieter van der Wolf is a Senior Staff Product Architect at Synopsys. He received his MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology. He was an Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology before joining Philips Research in 1996. In 2006 he joined NXP Semiconductors when it was spun out of Philips Electronics. In 2009 he joined VirageLogic, which was subsequently acquired by Synopsys. He has worked on a broad range of topics including (multi-) processor architectures and system design methodologies.

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