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Vol. 2: The SCART Hardware/Software Interface

by Martin Walter

OSADL Academic Works Vol. 2: The SCART Hardware/Software Interface

Conventional microprocessors can only be sold at a reasonable cost if large quantities are produced. To achieve these quantities, microprocessors have to provide features that are required by mainstream usage. The specific requirements of niche users are therefore normally not considered when designing microprocessors. As a consequence, the availability of an individual microprocessor feature is primarily determined by the number of people that use it, and not its importance. This is exemplified by the automation industry that relies on microprocessors designed to accommodate worst-case scenarios which, by comparison, is somewhat neglected by the semiconductor industry that favors high peak performance. The solution to this problem may be the availability of large and powerful field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) that enable the programming of individually-designed 32-bit microprocessors.

This book provides a ground-up explanation of the hardware/software interface of the SCARTS architecture, a soft-core processor architecture developed at the Department of Computer Engineering of the Vienna University of Technology, that is available under an Open Source license. In addition, the various elements of a toolchain are presented that allow the creation of appropriate board support for the SCARTS processor.

About the author

Martin Walter received his MSc. degree in Computer Engineering from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, from which he graduated with honors in 2011. Since 2006, he has been working as Embedded Systems Architect with emphasis on wireless communication for numerous renowned international companies. He is greatly interested in GNU/Linux and the Linux kernel architecture and is particularly excited about its real-time capabilities.

Book details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL) eG; 1st edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 300036192
  • ISBN-13: 978-3000361920
  • Price: 19.80 euros
  • Available at book stores, at Amazon or directly from OSADL