Evaluating ASIC, DSP, and RISC architectures for embedded applications
Mathematical analysis and empirical evaluation, based on solid state physical behavior, identifies a Architecture-Technology Metric for measuring the relative specialization of ASIC, DSP, and RISC architectures for embedded applications. Relationships are examined which can help predict relative future architecture performance as new generations of CMOS solid state technology become available. In particular, Performance/Watt is shown to be an Architecture-Technology Metric which can be used to calibrate ASIC, DSP, & RISC performance density potential relative to a solid state technology generations, measure & evaluate architectural changes, and project a architecture performance density roadmap.
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