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SBIR Phase I: Automated Design Environment for Embedded Systems

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National Science Foundation
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2006 / SBIR
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203 N. Wabash Av. SUITE 203 Chicago, IL 60601
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: SBIR Phase I: Automated Design Environment for Embedded Systems
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0609666
Award Amount: $100,000.00


This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project develops an automated compiler to translate software binary and assembly code of a general-purpose DSP processor into Register Transfer Level VHDL and Verilog code for subsequent mapping onto FPGA hardware. Recent advances in embedded communications and control systems for personal and vehicular environments are driving efficient hardware and software implementations of complete systems-on-chip (SOC). As part of this study, novel algorithms will be developed for alias analysis, data flow analysis, automatic identification of loops and other control constructs, and procedure call recovery. Furthermore, techniques for performing hardware/software co-design will be investigated on integrated Systems-on-a-Chip (SOC) platforms consisting of embedded processors, memories, and FPGAs. The concepts developed as part of this research will be demonstrated using a prototype compiler that will translate binary code of off-the-shelf processors into a hardware/software implementation on standard FPGAs. The development of a system level tool for designing DSP will reduce design times from months to days. Such a compiler will allow software developers to reuse millions of lines of software developed in the past for general-purpose DSP processors, and migrate them painlessly to newer SOC platforms. There is a large established code base of DSP algorithms that are optimized for DSP processors. The compiler will take these DSP implementations in assembly and generate implementations in hardware in the form of FPGAs and SOCs automatically. Furthermore, if DSP engineers wish to have an automated path from higher-level languages such as C, C++, and MATLAB to hardware, they can use currently available tools to compile these languages to the assembly level of a general-purpose processor, and then use the proposed compiler to map these assembly codes onto FPGAs and SOCs.

Principal Investigator:

David Zaretsky

Business Contact:

Prith Benerjee
Small Business Information at Submission:

2130 Chandler Lane Glenview, IL 60026

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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No