Electronic System Level Design

An Open-Source Approach

  • Sandro Rigo
  • Rodolfo Azevedo
  • Luiz Santos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. System Design Representation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Luiz Santos, Sandro Rigo, Rodolfo Azevedo, Guido Araujo
      Pages 3-10
    3. Sandro Rigo, Luiz Santos, Rodolfo Azevedo, Guido Araujo
      Pages 11-24
    4. Sandro Rigo, Bruno Albertini, Rodolfo Azevedo
      Pages 25-36
  3. Open-Source Models and Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Rodolfo Azevedo, Sandro Rigo
      Pages 39-70
    3. Rodolfo Azevedo, Sandro Rigo, Bruno Albertini
      Pages 71-98
    4. Alexandro Baldassin, Paulo Centoducatte, Luiz Santos
      Pages 99-114
  4. Advanced Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Bruno Albertini, Sandro Rigo, Guido Araujo
      Pages 117-128
    3. Felipe Klein, Rodolfo Azevedo, Luiz Santos, Guido Araujo
      Pages 129-144
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 145-146

About this book


This book intends to provide grounds for further research on electronic system level design (ESL), by means of open-source artifacts and tools, thereby stimulating the unconstrained deployment of new concepts, tools, and methodologies. It devises ESL design from the pragmatic perspective of a SystemC-based representation, by showing how to build and how to use ESL languages, models and tools.

This work is based on the successful experience acquired with the conception of the architecture description language (ADL) ArchC, the development of its underlying tool suite, and the building of its platform modeling infrastructure. With more than 10,000 accesses per year since 2004, the dissemination of ArchC models has reached not only students in need of proper infrastructure to develop their research projects, but also commercial designers in need of processor models to build virtual platforms using SystemC.

The need to anticipate the development of hardware-dependent software and to build virtual
prototypes gave rise to transaction level modeling (TLM). Since SystemC provided the elements and the adequate abstraction level for supporting TLM, their relation has grown so strong that OSCI created a TLM Working Group whose effort resulted in the TLM 2.0 standard, which is also covered in this book.

  • Employs open-source infrastructure
  • Includes TLM 2.0
  • Addresses power modeling
  • Includes step-by-step examples


ArchC Electronic System Level Design (ESL) Multiprocessor System-on-Chip (MPSoC) Open Source Register Transfer Level (RTL) System Design SystemC Transaction Level Modeling (TLM)

Editors and affiliations

  • Sandro Rigo
    • 1
  • Rodolfo Azevedo
    • 2
  • Luiz Santos
    • 3
  1. 1.Instituto de ComputaoUniversidade Estadual de CampinasCampinasBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto de ComputaoUniversidade Estadual de CampinasCampinasBrazil
  3. 3.Depto. Informática e EstatísticaUniversidade Federal de Santa CatarinaFlorianópolisBrazil

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