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A Case Study: Quantitative Evaluation of C-Based High-Level Synthesis Systems

  • Omar Hammami1Email author,
  • Zhoukun Wang1,
  • Virginie Fresse2 and
  • Dominique Houzet3
EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems20082008:685128

Received: 5 October 2007

Accepted: 14 May 2008

Published: 6 July 2008


Embedded systems require a high-level abstraction modeling to tackle their complexity and improve design productivity. C-based design techniques and methodologies have been proposed for this purpose. Various IPs with diverse complexities and functionalities can be selected to build a system. However, area and energy issues are paramount in this selection process. Implementation hints should therefore be available at the highest possible level of abstraction. Some C-based tools have been proposed in this order through either true synthesis or estimation. In this paper, we conduct through a case study an evaluation of C-based design of embedded systems and point out the impact of behavioral synthesis on embedded systems multiobjective high-level partitioning.

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Authors’ Affiliations

EECS Department, National Higher School of Advanced Techniques (ENSTA), Paris, France
Hubert Curien Laboratoire (UMR CNRS 5516), Université Jean Monnet, Saint Etienne, France
Laboratoire Grenoble Images Paroles Signal Automatique (GIPSA Laboratoire) (UMR CNRS 5216), Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), Grenoble, France


© Omar Hammami et al. 2008

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