Hardware Acceleration As a Design Tool

Hardware Acceleration As a Design Tool

Hardware acceleration may slow down your computer if it is disabled. This is due to the CPU having to process all of the data. Turning it on offloads some of this processing power to hardware that is specialized, such as audio and graphics cards, freeing your processor to perform other tasks.

These devices are more in a specific task than your computer’s processor. Hardware accelerators are utilized for various tasks, like 3D rendering, decoding video and even regular expression hardware acceleration that can stop spam attacks using patterns like ‘ R n’.

As a design tool hardware acceleration is used to speed up the execution of algorithm-intensive algorithms that would otherwise take too long for a general-purpose processor to execute. They can be built into a chip, or be external components that communicate with processors by mapping instructions for processors to hardware-accelerated functions. They can be granular in nature and range from a small unit, like a memory block that handles bit blits to a complete accelerator that runs fixed algorithms, like a motion estimation.

Cadence provides a full suite of tools that support each step of the hardware acceleration design process, from Stratus high-level Synthesis and Genus logic synthesis to Innovus implementation system, Conformal low-power analysis and Joules RTL power analysis. These tools let designers design cost-effective and efficient hardware accelerations that are optimized for the intended applications and markets.



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