Monique DeVoe, Managing Editor
The use of ARM CPUs is growing in Systems-on-Chip (SoC) platforms, as the generic ARM architecture lends well to a wide variety of systems and applications. However, while ARM processors are ideally suited for system management functions, they typically struggle with processing-intensive tasks such as imaging and advanced audio and voice communications. As the need for advanced signal processing continues to increase, application-specific Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) are now being integrated with ARM cores on the die of SoCs to offload demanding data processing from the CPU in order to optimize power consumption and performance.
Mobile device, set-top box, base station, and server-class processors all need to increase performance, reduce power draw, reduce turnaround time, and reduce area to keep costs down. Previously, to optimize on-chip IP cores, SoC designers needed indivi...