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Multipurpose dynamically reconfigurable platform for intensive and flexible hetereogeneous processing : A technology breakthrough for Embedded Computing

Objective

The large-scale deployment of Embedded Systems, through Cooperating Objects for example, is raising new demanding requirements in terms of computing performance, cost-efficient development, low power, functional flexibility & sustainability. This results in an increasing complexity of the platforms & an enlarging design productivity gap: current solutions are out of breath while current development & programming tools do not support the time-to-market needs.

MORPHEUS copes with these challenges by developing a global solution based on a modular SOC platform providing the disruptive technology of embedded dynamically reconfigurable computing completed by a software (SW) oriented design flow. These "Soft Hardware (HW)" architectures will enable huge computing density improvements (GOPS / Watt) by a factor of x100, reuse capabilities by x5, flexibility by more than 100 and time to market divided by 2 thanks to a convenient programming toolset.

MORPHEUS ambitions are also to establish the European foundation for a new concept of flexible "domain focused platforms", positioned between general purpose flexible HW and general purpose processors.

This will be achieved within a 3-years project providing:
- A modular silicon demonstrator composed of complementary run-time reconfigurable building blocks to address the different types of application requirements
- The corresponding integrated design flow supporting the fast exploration of HW and SW alternatives
- The suitability & efficiency will be validated by a set of complementary test cases.

The dissemination through silicon offer & supporting tools (baseline for further commercial products) will be completed by specific training & broad information to address the necessary cultural change.

This will be performed by:
- A consortium where many partners are already involved in bilateral cooperation
- A 2-step process to monitor the final content of the project according to state of the art evolution and first results.

Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

THALES
Address
45 Rue De Villiers
92200 Neuilly Sur Seine
France

Participants (17)

ACE ASSOCIATED COMPILER EXPERTS B.V.
Netherlands
Address
De Ruyterkade 113
1011AB Amsterdam
ALCATEL-LUCENT DEUTSCHLAND AG
Germany
Address
Lorenzstrasse 10
70435 Stuttgart
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
ARTTIC SA
France
Address
Rue Du Dessous Des Berges 58A
75013 Paris
COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France
Address
Batiment Le Ponant D, 25 Rue Leblanc
75015 Paris Cedex 15
CRITICAL BLUE LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Waterloo Place 17
EH1 3BG Edinburgh
DEUTSCHE THOMSON OHG
Germany
Address
Karl-wiechert-allee 74
30625 Hannover
INTRACOM S.A. TELECOM SOLUTIONS
Greece
Address
New Road Peania - Markopoulo 19,7 Km
19002 Peania
M 2000 SAS
France
Address
1 Route De Gisy - Parc Burospace Batiment Antelia
91570 Bievres
PACT XPP TECHNOLOGIES AG
Germany
Address
Muthmannstrasse 1
80939 Muenchen
STMICROELECTRONICS SRL
Italy
Address
Via Olivetti 2
20041 Agrate Brianza
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG
Germany
Address
Pockelstrasse 14
Braunschweig
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET CHEMNITZ
Germany
Address
Strasse Der Nationen 62
Chemnitz
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
Address
Stevinweg 1
Delft
THALES OPTRONIQUE SA
France
Address
Rue Guynemer
78280 Guyancourt
UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TH)
Germany
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
UNIVERSITE DE BRETAGNE OCCIDENTALE
France