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ASIP Virtual Seminar 2023

May 24 @ 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Extending RISC Processors into Flexible Accelerators using ASIP Designer

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. CEST | 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. PT

Case Studies in Low-Power Smart Vision and Post-Quantum Cryptography Applications

The slow-down of Moore’s law and Dennard scaling triggered an increased awareness for application-specific instruction-set processors (ASIPs). These processors implement a specialized instruction-set architecture (ISA) tailored to the application domain, often starting from a baseline such as the RISC-V ISA.  ASIPs can replace traditional fixed-function hardware accelerators, thereby introducing software-programmability in the acceleration domain, and thus more flexibility and agility in both the design process and the eventual product.  By maintaining a RISC-V ISA baseline, compatibility with and reuse of existing processor ecosystem elements is facilitated.

Synopsys ASIP Designer is the industry-leading tool to design, implement, program and verify application-specific instruction-set processors. Starting from a single processor specification, designers immediately obtain an optimizing C/C++ compiler, cycle-accurate simulator and synthesizable hardware implementation of the ASIP.  Using a unique compiler-in-the-loop™ and synthesis-in-the-loop™ methodology, the ISA and microarchitecture can be tuned quickly to the application domain.

This seminar introduces you to the ASIP Designer tool-suite.  It features two case studies from popular application domains.  The first case study by Lund University shows the design exploration for a RISC-V based VLIW processor for feature extraction in smart vision systems, using ASIP Designer. The second case study by Synopsys shows an ASIP for post-quantum cryptography. A RISC-V baseline architecture is gradually extended into an ASIP that is optimized for the Kyber encryption mechanism but accelerating also other cryptographic applications.

Who Should Attend?

If you are a design engineer, algorithm developer, software engineer, system architect, or design manager focusing on advanced SoCs requiring application-specific optimizations, you won’t want to miss this event.


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