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Design of an open-source processor in Bluespec based on Soft-core processor from Altera Nios II

Grant number: 11/15319-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2012
Effective date (End): June 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science
Principal Investigator:Eduardo Marques
Grantee:Erinaldo da Silva Pereira
Home Institution: Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computação (ICMC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):13/09113-2 - Design of an open-source processor in Bluespec based on Soft-core processor from Altera Nios II, BE.EP.MS

Abstract

This research project proposes to develop an open-source processor based on Altera's Nios II processor. The processor will be developed will allow customization of instructions, number of registers, inclusion of components that enable a detailed study of the cache, among other features. Moreover, as the processor will be based on the Nios II architecture, it will be integrated into the Qsys environment of Altera Quartus II tool, one can use the entire set of IP (Intellectual Property) and tools available from Altera.This work aims to contribute to the development of hardware architectures with a processing unit configurable, customizable, enabling a legacy of using pre-designed and pre-tested tools and supported by all recent methodologies to accelerate the process of development of hardware-based ESL (Electronic System Level). For the development of the processor will be used Hardware Description Language Bluespec, because it allows the hardware described can be synthesized into integrated circuits like FPGA (Field-programmable gate array).

Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
PEREIRA, Erinaldo da Silva. Design of an open source processor in Bluespec based on Altera Nios II soft-core processor. 2014. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computação São Carlos.

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