Designers must carefully weigh the gains against the costs, many of which are not immediately obvious
While the ability to extend a processor is nothing new, market dynamics are forcing a growing percentage of the industry to consider it a necessary part of their product innovation. From small IoT functions to massive data centers and artificial intelligence, the need to create an optimized processing platform is often the only way to get more performance or lower power out of the silicon area available.
Many consider extensibility as the ability to add instructions, and yet larger gains are possible when infrastructure and communications are considered as part of the opportunity space …
To read the Semiconductor Engineering article by Brian Bailey, click here.