Current FPGA technology has advanced to the point that useful embedded SoPCs can now be designed. The Real Time Processor (RTP) project at Brigham Young University leverages the advances in FPGA technology with a system architecture that is customizable to specific applications. A simple real-time processor has been designed to provide support for a hardware-assisted real-time operating system providing fast context switches. As part of the hardware RTOS, the following have been implemented in hardware: scheduler, register banks, mutex, semaphore, queue, interrupts, event, and others. A novel circuit called the Task-Resource Matrix has been created to allow fast inter/intra processor communication and synchronization.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Electrical and Computer Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Isaacson, Spencer W., "Hardware Support for a Configurable Architecture for Real-Time Embedded Systems on a Programmable Chip" (2007). All Theses and Dissertations. 971.
FPGA, hardware RTOS, real-time, fast context switch, register bank, task, task-resource matrix, embedded, computer architecture, hardware scheduler, task switch, hardware assisted RTOS