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A multiprocessor system-on-chip for real-time biomedical monitoring and analysis: architectural design space exploration

By I. Al Khatib, F. Poletti, Bertozzi D., Benini L., Bechara M., Khalifeh H., Jantsch A. and Nabiev R.


In this paper we focus on MPSoC architectures for human heart ECG real-time monitoring and analysis. This is a very relevant bio-medical application, with a huge potential market, hence it is an ideal target for an application-specific SoC implementation. We investigate a symmetric multi-processor architecture based on STMicroelectronics VLIW DSPs that process in real-time 12-lead ECG signals. This architecture improves upon state-of-the-art SoC designs for ECG analysis in its ability to analyze the full 12 leads in real-time, even with high sampling frequencies, and ability to detect heart malfunction. We explore the design space by considering a number of hardware and software architectural options

Publisher: ACM/IEEE
Year: 2006
DOI identifier: 10.1109/DAC.2006.229190
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