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Architecting and Building High-Speed SoCs

By Mounir Maaref
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    Chapter 1: Introducing FPGA Devices and SoCs
About this book
Modern and complex SoCs can adapt to many demanding system requirements by combining the processing power of ARM processors and the feature-rich Xilinx FPGAs. You’ll need to understand many protocols, use a variety of internal and external interfaces, pinpoint the bottlenecks, and define the architecture of an SoC in an FPGA to produce a superior solution in a timely and cost-efficient manner. This book adopts a practical approach to helping you master both the hardware and software design flows, understand key interconnects and interfaces, analyze the system performance and enhance it using the acceleration techniques, and finally build an RTOS-based software application for an advanced SoC design. You’ll start with an introduction to the FPGA SoCs technology fundamentals and their associated development design tools. Gradually, the book will guide you through building the SoC hardware and software, starting from the architecture definition to testing on a demo board or a virtual platform. The level of complexity evolves as the book progresses and covers advanced applications such as communications, security, and coherent hardware acceleration. By the end of this book, you'll have learned the concepts underlying FPGA SoCs’ advanced features and you’ll have constructed a high-speed SoC targeting a high-end FPGA from the ground up.
Publication date:
December 2022
Publisher
Packt
Pages
426
ISBN
9781801810999

 

Part 1: Fundamentals and the Main Features of High-Speed SoC and FPGA Designs

This part introduces the main features and building blocks of SoCs and FPGA devices and associated design tools and provides an overview of the main on-chip and off-chip interconnects and interfaces.

This part comprises the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1, Introducing FPGA Devices and SoCs
  • Chapter 2, FPGA Devices and SoC Design Tools
  • Chapter 3, Basic and Advanced On-Chip Busses and Interconnects
  • Chapter 4, Connecting High-Speed Devices Using Busses and Interconnects
  • Chapter 5, Basic and Advanced SoC Interfaces
About the Author
  • Mounir Maaref

    Mounir Maaref lives in the UK and works as a Principal SoC Architect. He has 25 years of experience in the microelectronics industry spanning FPGAs, ASICs, embedded processing, networking, data storage, satellite communications, Bluetooth, and WiFi connectivity. He likes working on cutting edge technologies involving both hardware and soft ware. His main focus is on the system architecture design, hardware and software interactions, performance analysis, and modeling. He has published several application notes and white papers and has been a speaker at many conferences worldwide. He holds a masters degree in Electronics and Telecoms. He is a 2nd dan black belt in Tang Soo Do and is getting trained to become a martial arts instructor.

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