Application-Driven Memory Partitioning

  • Alberto Macii
  • Luca Benini
  • Massimo Poncino
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Abstract

As already mentioned in Chapter 4, on-chip caches are perhaps the most widely used architectural solution in memory design. A valid alternative to caches, in embedded systems, is given by the use of plain on-chip SRAMs as application-specific memories (ASMs), that statically map the most frequently accessed addresses to guarantee energy (and performance) efficiency. ASMs are particularly advantageous in real-time embedded systems for data-intensive applications, where access patterns can be profiled and studied at design time, and where caches are known to perform sub-optimally and to reduce predictability in real-time performance.

Keywords

Energy Saving Switching Activity Memory Block Memory Bank Memory Array 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alberto Macii
    • 1
  • Luca Benini
    • 2
  • Massimo Poncino
    • 3
  1. 1.Politecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Università di BolognaBolognaItaly
  3. 3.Università di VeronaVeronaItaly

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