Consistent Design Flow

The Open Tool Integration Environment (OTIE) enables seamless integration of electronic design automation tools needed to implement an embedded system from initial concept to final prdocuct. OTIE is built around a single system description, a flexible, expandable, and robust central repository for all parts of the design. Several commercial, as well as in-house developed tools are already integrated.

Contact: Martin Holzer

Virtual Prototyping

Virtual Prototyping is a system design technique which can significantly speed up the design process and hence reduce time to market. An environment for the automatic generation of virtual prototypes directly from algorithmic models has been developed.

Contact: Martin Holzer

Design Automation

Automation of the design flow is one of the key aspects for increasing design productivity. Several tools have been developed that allow for automatic floating-point to fixed-point conversion, hardware/software partitioning, design space exploration, and power optimisation.

Contact: Bastian Knerr, Martin Holzer

Rapid Prototyping

Automated transfer from algorithmic level in Matlab/Simulink and SystemC to register transfer level on FPGA boards establishes a core topic. This technique is successfully demonstrated with the implementation of a WLAN IEEE 802.11n transmission system and a multi-standard RFID reader system. Due to the high degree of automation and flexibility of the rapid prototype beneficial modification to the deployed design were made available very early in the design process.

Contact: Christian Mehlführer, Christoph Angerer

Radio Front Ends

In a rapid prototyping scenarios the transmission experiments over the real physical channel requires naturally an analog radio front-end. This analog radio front-end should be as well flexible and cascadable, to allow for a multitude of experiments without redesigns. The developed systems allow for processing signals up to a bandwidth of 50MHz at the intermediate frequency of 140MHz. Prototypes for transmitters, receivers, and frequency synthesizers in the frequency range of 2.6GHz and 5.2 GHz have been developed.

Contact: Robert Langwieser