Tianyu Jia, Paolo Mantovani, Maico Cassel Dos Santos, Davide Giri, Joseph Zuckerman, Erik Jens Loscalzo, Martin Cochet, Karthik Swaminathan, Gabriele Tombesi, Jeff Jun Zhang, Nandhini Chandramoorthy, John-David Wellman, Kevin Tien, Luca Carloni, Kenneth Shepard, David Brooks, Gu-Yeon Wei, Pradip Bose, A 12nm Agile-Designed SoC for Swarm-Based Perception with Heterogeneous IP Blocks, a Reconfigurable Memory Hierarchy, and an 800MHz Multi-Plane NoC, ESSCIRC 2022-IEEE 48th European Solid State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC), pp. 269-272

This paper presents an agile-designed domainspecific SoC in 12nm CMOS for the emerging application domain of swarm-based perception. Featuring a heterogeneous tile-based architecture, the SoC was designed with an agile methodology using open-source processors and accelerators, interconnected by a multi-plane NoC. A reconfigurable memory hierarchy and a CSGALS clocking scheme allow the SoC to run at a variety of performance/power operating points. Compared to a high-end FPGA, the presented SoC achieves 7× performance and 62× efficiency gains for the target application domain.