Date of Award

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Khalid, Mohammed (Computer Engineering)

Keywords

Engineering, Electronics and Electrical.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The Network-on-Chip (NoC) approach for designing (System-on-Chip) SoCs is currently emerging as an advanced concept for overcoming the scalability and efficiency problems of traditional on-chip interconnection schemes. This thesis addresses the design and evaluation of a parameterizable NoC router for FPGAs. The importance of low area overhead for NoC components is crucial in FPGAs, which have fixed logic and routing resources. We achieve a low area router design through optimizations in switching fabric and dual purpose buffer/connection signals. We propose a component library to increase re-use and allow tailoring of parameters for application specific NoCs of various sizes. A set of experiments were conducted to explore the design space of the proposed NoC router using different values of key router parameters: channel width (flit size), arbitration scheme and IP-core-to-router mapping strategy. Area and latency results from the experiments are presented and analyzed.

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