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Understand ESL for embedded designs

Posted: 16 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:electronic system-level? ESL design and verification? designing embedded systems?

Despite the abundance of information available on ESL, it's not always easy to find a clear-cut explanation of what this design method encompasses and how it applies to embedded systems design. From the broadest perspective, ESL design consists of tools and methods that enable designers to describe and analyze ICs at a high level of abstraction.

This original definition was targeted at high-end chip designers. In the context of "the long tail" concept introduced by Wired magazine editor-in-chief Chris Anderson, these high-end applications fit into the "head," where deployments are made in high volumes.

While many designers live in the head, the rest of the embedded systems engineering world lives by a different set of rulesoften developing applications in the long tail. Long-tail applications rarely have the sales volumes needed to justify large, upfront investments in time or resources to develop a full custom IC. This may be because these applications are either just being conceived or researched by domain experts, or are new variations of existing concepts.

In this technical article, National Instruments Corp.'s Shelley Gretlein discusses more about combining ESL with a graphical system design to address challenges in long-tail applications.

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