PeaCE: A hardware-software codesign environment for multimedia embedded systems

Soonhoi Ha, Sungchan Kim, Choonseung Lee, Youngmin Yi, Seongnam Kwon, Young Pyo Joo

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Existent hardware-software (HW-SW) codesign tools mainly focus on HW-SW cosimulation to build a virtual prototyping environment that enables software design and system verification without need of making a hardware prototype. Not only HW-SW cosimulation, but also HW-SW codesign methodology involves system specification, functional simulation, design-space exploration, and hardware-software cosynthesis. The PeaCE codesign environment is the first full-fledged HW-SW codesign environment that provides seamless codesign flow from functional simulation to system synthesis. Targeting for multimedia applications with real-time constraints, PeaCE specifies the system behavior with a heterogeneous composition of three models of computation and utilizes features of the formal models maximally during the whole design process. It is also a reconfigurable framework in the sense that third-party design tools can be integrated to build a customized tool chain. Experiments with industry-strength examples prove the viability of the proposed technique.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1255461
JournalACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2007


  • Design-space exploration
  • Embedded systems
  • Hardware-software codesign
  • Hardware-software cosimulation
  • Model-based design


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