Performance Evaluation of Hybrid Reconfigurable Computing Architecture over Symmetrical FPGA

Singh, Sunil Kr.; Singh, R. K.; Bhatia, M. P. S.
September 2012
International Journal of Embedded Systems & Applications;Sep2012, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p107
Academic Journal
For last few decades, reconfigurable devices have been extensively used in digital systems. Reconfigurable computing using FPGA devices provide a method to utilize the available logic resources on the chip for various computations. The basic ability of reconfigurable computing is to perform computations in hardware to increase performance, while retaining the flexibility of application software. The two main types of programmable logic devices, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA) based on LUTs technology and complex programmable logic device (CPLD) based on PLAs technology. They are both widely used and each contributing particular strengths in the area of reconfigurable system design. We identified Hybrid LUTs/PLAs architectures as Hybrid Reconfigurable Computing Architectures (HRCA). The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the performance of HRCA over regular FPGA device for reconfigurable computing by mixing of Look up tables (LUTs) and Programmable logic arrays (PLAs) architecture. The basis of the HRCA is that some parts of digital circuits are well-suited for execution with LUTs, but other parts help more from the PLAs structures. For several classes of high performance applications, HRCA offers significant savings in total computational delay comparison with a symmetrical FPGA which contain only LUTs. It also offers some improvements in logical area and power consumption. Experimental results based on MCNC benchmark circuit were performed on implemented HRCA CAD and compare between HRCA and symmetrical FPGA. Initially results indicate that noteworthy saving in computational delay and logic area of HRCA over symmetrical FPGA.


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