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Legacy H/W S/W Design Partition

In the past (ninteen-eightees), it was best to use a standard processors as a separate chip.

Today, it is no problem to put down one or more 'standard' processors on a SoC.

It is also quite easy to design your own, so MIPS, Tensilica, ARM and other CPU core providers have to compete against in-house design teams.

For instance, we use the the totally free OR 1000 in the practical materials of this course.

(C) 2008-10, DJ Greaves, University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory.