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Monday, November 14, 2011

Paul McLellan Discusses How to Use Processors in the SOC Dataplane

Tensilica's DPUs are idea for the SOC Dataplane. What's a DPU? Read this article. The main advantages are:

  • Flexibility. Changing the firmware changes the blocks function.
  • Software-based development, with lower cost tools and ease of making last minute changes.
  • Faster and more powerful system modeling, and more complete coverage
  • Time-to-market
  • Ability to make post-silicon changes to the firmware to tweak/improve algorithms
  • DPU processor cores are pre-designed and pre-verified. Just add the firmware.