Proyecto de investigación

Model-based synthesis of digital electronic circuits for embedded control (MOBY-DIC)

Responsable: Antonio José Acosta Jiménez
Tipo de Proyecto/Ayuda: 7º Programa Marco de la U.E.
Referencia: FP7-ICT-2009-4-248858
Fecha de Inicio: 01-12-2009
Fecha de Finalización: 30-11-2012

Empresa/Organismo financiador/es:

  • Commission of the European Communities (Research Directorate-General)


  • Universita degli Studi di Genova (Marco Storace)
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Maurice Heemels)
  • Universita degli Studi di Trento (Alberto Bemporad)
  • Ford Forschungszentrum Aachen GmbH (Urs Christen)
  • On Semiconductor Belgium BVBA (Edgard Laes)




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Resumen del proyecto:

A key functionality of embedded systems is the ability to react dynamically to changing conditions and guarantee desired behaviour for the physical system they are embedded into. The design of embedded systems that are capable of such control functionalities must take the interactions between the embedded device and the dynamics of the physical embedding environment into account. The heterogeneity between those parts, the ever growing complexity of the overall system, stricter requirements, and the lack of systematic embedded control system design tools, make the design task very time-consuming, expensive, and error-prone.

The standard approach is to decouple the design by splitting the control design and circuit design tasks into two separate phases, often executed by engineers with different backgrounds. The only interaction between the two designs is around specs (such as sampling frequency, memory, flops, etc.), which are possibly negotiated iteratively until a satisfactory design is reached, but more often unidirectionally communicated. The resulting outcome is typically far from optimal.

A coherent and consistent paradigm for the design of embedded control systems is the goal of the MOBY-DIC project. A new methodology and associated tool chain will be developed encompassing in a unique framework the modeling of the physical process, design of the control algorithms, design of embedded circuits, and the assessment of the overall performance properties of the system. MOBY-DIC will achieve such an integrated design flow by developing a core methodology based on "piecewise affine" representations, that at the same time (i) provide a rather flexible structure for control functions, and (ii) are directly mapped into digital architectures of small-size and low-power. The effectiveness of the developed embedded control design approach will be demonstrated by MOBY-DIC on a set of challenging applications arising in the automotive industry.

FEDER - Union Europea

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