Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Mohammed A. S. Khalid


Applied sciences




The Networks-on-Chip (NoC) approach for designing Systems-on-Chip (SoC) is currently emerging as an advanced concept for overcoming the scalability and efficiency problems of traditional bus-based systems. A great deal of theoretical research has been done in this area that provides good insight and shows promising results. There is a great need for research in hardware implementation of NoC-based systems to determine the feasibility of implementing various topologies and protocols, and also to accurately determine what design tradeoffs are involved in NoC implementation. This thesis addresses the challenges of implementing an NoC-based system on FPGAs for running real benchmark applications. The NoC used a mesh topology and circuit-switched communication protocol. An experimental framework was developed that allowed implementation of NoC-based system from a high level specification, using the Celoxica Handel-C hardware description language. Two test applications: charged couple device (CCD) and JPEG were developed in Handel-C to be used as our benchmark applications. Both benchmarks are computational expensive and require large quantities of data transfer that will test the NoC system. Implementation results show that the NoC-based system gives superior area utilization and speed performance compared to the bus-based system, running the same benchmarks.