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Power Analysis of Embedded NoCs on FPGAs and Comparison With Custom Buses

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Power Analysis of Embedded NoCs on FPGAs and Comparison With Custom Buses
—We propose embedding networks-on-chip (NoCs) on field-programmable gate-arrays (FPGAs) to implement systemlevel communication. Amongst other benefits, this can alleviate the current challenge of connecting the FPGA’s fabric to highspeed I/O and memory interfaces, which are a crucial component of FPGA designs. Our mixed and hard embedded NoCs add only ∼1% area to large FPGAs and can run much faster than the core logic, thus keeping up with the speed of I/O and memory interfaces. A detailed power analysis, per NoC component, shows that routers consume 14× less power when implemented hard compared with soft, and whether hard or soft most of the router’s power is consumed in the input modules for buffering. For complete systems, hard NoCs consume <6% (and as low as 3%) of the FPGA’s dynamic power budget to support 100 GB/s of communication bandwidth. We find that, depending on design choices, hard NoCs consume 4.5–10.4 mJ of energy per gigabyte of data transferred. Surp...
Mohamed S. Abdelfattah, Vaughn Betz
Added 11 Apr 2016
Updated 11 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2016
Where TVLSI
Authors Mohamed S. Abdelfattah, Vaughn Betz
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