Processors for DSP-intensive Applications: The Options Multiply

Halloween Special! Combined DSP-Systems Modeling seminar

Jeff Bier
Berkeley Design Technology Inc.

Friday, October 31st, 1997
Hogan Room, 531 Cory Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.


DSP techniques are rapidly working their way into a vast range of products, from cellular phones to clothes washers. A typical personal computer may contain half a dozen embedded DSP processors. Partly as a result of this, the formerly sleepy field of processor architectures for DSP has recently become a lot more interesting.

The objective of this talk is to present a synopsis of recent developments in commercial processor architectures for DSP-intensive applications. These include updated conventional DSP architectures, new approaches of various kinds, and general-purpose processors with DSP-oriented enhancements. In addition, I'll touch on the issues of performance measurement, development tools, and integration trends.

Jeff Bier is co-founder and General Manager of Berkeley Design Technology, Inc. (BDTI), a technology analysis and development firm focused on the implementation of DSP-intensive systems. Bier has extensive experience in software, hardware, and design tool development for DSP and is a member of the IEEE Design and Implementation of Signal Processing Systems (DISPS) Technical Committee. Bier is co-author of "DSP Processor Fundamentals" (IEEE Press) and author or co-author of dozens of articles and reports on DSP implementation technology. Bier received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Princeton University and U.C. Berkeley.

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