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ASIPLab - Design of Application-Specific Instruction-Set Processors

The laboratory "ASIPLab" is offered in the summer term and addresses bachelor and master students of electrical and computer engineering, as well as interested students of other engineering disciplines (e.g. informatics, mechatronics, mathematics).

Docent: Guillermo Payá Vayá

Contact: asip-laborims.uni-hannover.de

Schedule Summer term 2020: Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, starting on April 15th, 2020

Location: IMS, 3rd floor, TI-Building, Room 326

This laboratory is carried out in English.

Note: This laboratory is new and offered for the first time in the summer term 2019. Therefore, information on this page will be updated day-to-day.


  • Architectural principles of processors and their specialization options
  • Definition of application-specific instruction-set processors like the LX7 processor architecture and their extension potential
  • Novel extensions to the instruction-set using Cadence Xtensa Xplorer, specifically the Cadence LX7 processors
  • Hardware description language "Tensilica Instruction Extension"
  • Verification and emulation of processor architectures

Learning objective

This laboratory conveys the concepts and architectures of specialized processors, the underlying theoretical rudiments as well as the acceleration of systems by means of architecture adjustments using the example of Cadence LX7 processors.

After successful completion of this module, students are capable of:

  • understanding and applying the concept of application-specific processors
  • specialize a base architecture for a example application in the field of advanced driver assistance systems
  • evaluate and assess the architecture for various optimization goals (e.g. maximum computational performance or minimum power dissipation)

Recommended prior knowledge