Patent Number: 6,311,262

Title: Apparatus for the hierarchical and distributed control of programmable modules in large-scale integrated systems

Abstract: The apparatus has a multiplicity of control modules which are assigned to a multiplicity of processing modules for driving purposes. These separate control modules are driven by a superordinate controller and are synchronized by a common synchronization unit on the basis of, by way of example, handshake lines and semaphores. The effect achieved by such an apparatus is that the transmission bandwidth between an external instruction memory and the large-scale integrated system can be reduced, and the total power loss can be lowered by intermittently disconnecting processing modules which are currently not needed. Furthermore, such an architecture supports the separate development of control programs for the individual control modules.

Inventors: Hachmann; Ulrich (Munchen, DE), Raab; Wolfgang (Munchen, DE), Ramacher; Ulrich (Munchen, DE)

Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG

International Classification: G06F 15/78 (20060101); G06F 15/76 (20060101); G06F 015/76 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018