Arteris Articles

EDN: How NoCs Ace Power Management and Functional Safety in SoCs

Benoit de Lescure, CTO at Arteris IP authors this 3rd article in a new series for EDN:

How NoCs Ace Power Management and Functional Safety in SoCs

September 15th, 2021 - By Benoit de Lescure

The NoC interconnect is the SoC architecture.

This third article highlights how NoC technology provides capabilities like power management and functional safety that are not possible with older crossbar-based interconnect technologies. For design teams creating modern SoCs, whether large datacenter AI accelerators or power-sipping IoT sensors, NoC interconnect technology is key to implementing these SoC architectures and optimizing the dataflow within them.

To catch up on the first and second articles in this series, click below:

Topics: ARM NIC-400 SoC NoC functional safety network-on-chip crossbar automotive AI arteris ip Benoit de Lescure interconnects EDN LBIST Design Management Power Management Semiconductors DVSF

Semiconductor Engineering: NoCs In Authoritative MPSoC Reference

Kurt Shuler, Vice President of Marketing at Arteris IP authored this new article in Semiconductor Engineering:

NoCs In Authoritative MPSoC Reference

May 6th, 2021 - By Kurt Shuler

The role of the network-on-chip in ensuring total system safety.

K. Charles Janac, president and CEO of Arteris IP, authored the first chapter in that third section on network-on-chip (NoC) architecture and how it has enabled MPSoCs. 

The chapter starts with the evolution from buses to crossbars to NoCs. Next is a useful overview of a typical approach to architecting and configuring a NoC. As the most configurable intellectual property (IP) in an SoC, getting the design to an optimal solution requires careful planning and refinement. The design evolves, not just the logic but also the topology.

By the way, this book is a technical review, not a marketing pitch. Charlie is quite open that while NoCs share some concepts with “regular” communications networks, the analogy cannot be stretched too far. NoC design is still very much an activity for semiconductor designers, not general network designers.

Topics: SoC NoC functional safety network-on-chip ECC cache coherency IEEE semiconductor engineering arteris ip ASIL D K. Charles Janac interconnects kurt shuler ai accelerators security TMR MPSOC LBIST