You Say You Want a Revolution, You’ll Find One In OVP

Simon Davidmann ED Online ID #18725 April 14, 2008

“You say you want a revolution? Well, you know . . . we all want to change the world.”

John Lennon penned that opening line of The Beatles’ “Revolution” in 1968. And it’s just as relevant now as it was 40 years ago. The electronics industry stands on the threshold of an era of creative innovation as it rushes toward multicore system-on-a-chip (SoC) design.

The increased number of processors in consumer devices that formed the multicore trend has disrupted the existing sequential software flow. Unlike Lennon’s lyric that promised a revolution, the electronics industry is still waiting for one to manage the way in which multicore architectures can be handled in a productive and efficient manner.

Of course, virtual platforms with proprietary languages have been introduced throughout the last 10 years or so, but have lacked...

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