Reprogrammable Coprocessor Project


COCO - 8202

Keywords OMI, Macrocells, FPGA, Co-Processors, Transputer


Start Date: 15-NOV-85 / Duration: 48 months

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Objectives

This project aims to explore the potential of exploiting Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology to produce reconfigurable co-processors. The intention is to design, manufacture and evaluate prototype chips to integrate a microprocessor and co-processor. It is hoped to demonstrate that an integrated microprocessor and FPGA, together with software tools, provide a flexible and efficient solution to computationally intensive problems where a specialised co-processor is needed. The re-programmability of FPGA's also allows for rapid prototyping and ease of upgrade. Furthermore, programming the FPGA's can be easier by compiling configuration code from high level languages allowing problem specific hardware to be generated from a software process.

Integrating reconfigurable co-processors is a new idea which opens up all sorts of potential markets. There are potential applications in multi-media, automotive, image-processing, to name just a few. It is with this in mind that the project is intended to be application driven. This provides a definite focus in what is a very new field and ensures that the key developments are commercially relevant for all concerned.

The project's objectives are:

Further information about COCO is available from the COCO home page.


CONTACT POINT

Ms V. Griffiths
INMOS Ltd
Aztec West 1000
UK - Bristol BS12 4SQ
tel: + 44/454-611563
fax: + 44/454-617910

Participants

INMOS - UK - C
EUROPEAN CAD DEVELOPMENTS - UK - P
GIE PSA PEUGEOT CITROEN - F - P
APTOR - F - P
THE SCIENCE RESEARCH FOUNDATION - UK - A


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COCO - 8202, December 1993


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