Mastering heterogeneity in embedded systems by design technology is one of the most important challenges facing the semiconductor industry today and will be for several years to come. This book, compiled largely from a set of contributions from participants of past editions of the Winter School on Heterogeneous Embedded Systems Design Technology (FETCH), proposes a necessarily broad and holistic overview of design techniques used to tackle the various facets of heterogeneity in terms of technology and opportunities at the physical level, signal representations and different abstraction levels, architectures and components based on hardware and software, in all the main phases of design (modeling, validation with multiple models of computation, synthesis and optimization). It concentrates on the specific issues at the interfaces, and is divided into two main parts. The first part examines mainly theoretical issues and focuses on the modeling, validation and design techniques themselves. The second part illustrates the use of these methods in various design contexts at the forefront of new technology and architectural developments.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the contributors to this book for having undertaken the writing of each chapter from the original winter school presentations and for their patience during the review process. We also wish to extend our appreciation to the team at Springer for their editorial guidance as well of course as for giving us the opportunity to compile this book together.