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Modelling Field Bus Communications in Mixed-Signal Embedded Systems

  • Mohamad Alassir1,
  • Julien Denoulet1Email author,
  • Olivier Romain1,
  • Abraham Suissa1 and
  • Patrick Garda1
EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems20082008:134798

Received: 1 October 2007

Accepted: 10 June 2008

Published: 8 July 2008


We present a modelling platform using the SystemC-AMS language to simulate field bus communications for embedded systems. Our platform includes the model of an I/O controller IP (in this specific case an C controller) that interfaces a master microprocessor with its peripherals on the field bus. Our platform shows the execution of the embedded software and its analog response on the lines of the bus. Moreover, it also takes into account the influence of the circuits's I/O by including their IBIS models in the SystemC-AMS description, as well as the bus lines imperfections. Finally, we present simulation results to validate our platform and measure the overhead introduced by SystemC-AMS over a pure digital SystemC simulation.

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Authors’ Affiliations

Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris 6


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