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Recent advancements in FPGA technology have allowed manufacturers to place general-purpose processors alongside user-configurable logic gates on a single chip. At first glance, these integrated devices would seem to be the ideal deployment platform for hardware-software co-designed systems, but some issues, such as incompatibility across vendors and confusion over which bus interfaces to support, have impeded adoption of these platforms. This thesis describes the design and operation of Splice, a software-based code generation tool intended to address these types of issues by providing a bus-independent structure that allows end-users to easily integrate their customized peripheral logic into embedded systems. To quantify the benefits of this approach, a comparison of a number of Splice-generated interfaces to functionally identical hand-coded mechanisms is provided in the context of a real-world use case scenario.
Thiel, Justin, "Splice: A Standardized Peripheral Logic and Interface Creation Engine, Master's Thesis, May 2007" Report Number: WUCSE-2007-23 (2007). All Computer Science and Engineering Research.