Free download: A practical approach for reconfiguration
Wednesday 8 April 2020
Last February System Expert and TOPIC'er Mike Looijmans was invited to present at the Embedded World Conference. Unfortunately due to the coronavirus his presentation was cancelled but his paper is now available for downloading. In his paper ‘From design to run-time’ Mike shares his view on a practical approach for reconfiguration.
From design to run-time: a practical approach for reconfiguration
Devices combining multiple CPUs, GPUs, co-processors and FPGA fabric on a single chip or module have been around for a while. All these components need programming and are reconfigurable which means that their function can be altered in various ways at run-time. This paper will explain how to do that in practical examples. Free yourself from the limits of the classic boot sequence where the bootloader configures the pins and programs the FPGA and drowns the system configuration in virtual concrete. In small steps, make your system adapt itself, allowing access to a broader range of applications while also reducing the maintenance on board and device support. This paper focuses on the tools and infrastructure available today to actually put this technology to work.