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Semiconductor Engineering: What Happened To Execute-In-Place?

Michael Frank, Fellow and Chief Architect at Arteris IP is quoted in this new article in Semiconductor Engineering:

What Happened To Execute-In-Place?

August 25th, 2020 - By Bryon Moyer

The concept as it was originally conceived no longer applies. Here’s why.

“Demand-paging virtual memory is nothing else than a cache,” noted Michael Frank, fellow and chief architect at Arteris IP . But then Android came available for free, unlike the planned OSes. So the strategy changed from one of demand-paging to moving the entire code base from flash to DRAM, and then using the SRAM cache mechanism to further manage instruction access times — all in the interest of lower cost.
Frank also stated, “My definition of execute in place is where you do not have an address change, where you execute in a cached way, and your original source of the code or the data is still at the same address that you are executing at.”
Topics: SoC NoC technology semiconductor engineering soc architecture AI cache DRAM noc interconnect IP market SRAM MCUs