The large-scale deployment of
Embedded Systems, through Cooperating Objects for example, is raising new
demanding requirements in terms of computing performance, cost-efficient
development, low power, functional flexibility & sustainability. This
results in an increasing complexity of the platforms & an enlarging design
productivity gap: current solutions are out of breath while current
development & programming tools do not support the time-to-market needs.
MORPHEUS copes with these challenges by developing a global solution based
on a modular SOC platform providing the disruptive technology of embedded
dynamically reconfigurable computing completed by a software (SW) oriented
design flow. These "Soft Hardware (HW)" architectures will enable huge
computing density improvements (GOPS / Watt) by a factor of x100, reuse
capabilities by x5, flexibility by more than 100 and time to market divided
by 2 thanks to a convenient programming toolset.
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MORPHEUS ambitions are also to establish the European foundation for a new
concept of flexible "domain focused platforms", positioned between general
purpose flexible HW and general purpose processors.
This will be achieved within a 3-years project providing:
- A modular silicon demonstrator composed of complementary run-time
reconfigurable building blocks to address the different types of application
- The corresponding integrated design flow supporting the fast exploration
of HW and SW alternatives
The suitability & efficiency will be validated by a set of complementary
test cases. The dissemination through silicon offer & supporting tools
(baseline for further commercial products) will be completed by specific
training & broad information to address the necessary cultural change.
This will be performed by:
- A consortium where many partners are already involved in bilateral
- A 2-step process to monitor the final content of the project according to
state of the art evolution and first results.