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Hardware Acceleration As a Design Tool

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Hardware acceleration can slow down your computer if it is switched off. This is due to the CPU having to process all data. By turning it on, you’ll be able to delegate some of the power to specialized equipment like audio and graphics cards. This lets your processor be used for other purposes.

This is because these devices were designed to accomplish a specific job and are more adept at it than your computer’s general-purpose processor. Hardware accelerators can be utilized for a wide variety of tasks like 3D rendering, video decoding and even regular expression acceleration in the server industry to prevent spam attacks that use patterns such as ‘ r n’.

Hardware acceleration is utilized as an instrument for design to boost the efficiency of algorithms that require a lot of algorithm and would otherwise take a general purpose CPU too long to run. They can be integrated into the chip, or external components that communicate with processors by mapping processor instructions to hardware-accelerated functions. They can be granular in nature from a single component, like a memory block that handles bit blits, to a complete accelerator that runs fixed algorithms, such as motion estimation.

Cadence offers a comprehensive suite of tools that support every stage of the hardware acceleration design process, from Stratus high-level synthesis and Genus logic synthesis to Innovus implementation system, Conformal low-power analyses and Joules RTL power analysis. These tools allow designers to design cost-effective and efficient hardware accelerations that are optimized for the intended applications and markets.

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