Kamel: IP-XACT compatible intermediate meta-model for IP generation

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Automatic code generation is used to implement Intellectual Property (IP) blocks for System-on-Chip (SoC), but the challenge is how to describe the IP as a model and what is a feasible meta-model. IEEE 1685 IP-XACT standard and many domain-specific meta-models are not compatible and tool flows are too specific for general use. We present Kamel that is a new intermediate IP meta-model. It is used to generate behavioral code to complete IP-XACT structural models. The key idea is light modeling overhead while automating the majority of the RTL IP development tasks. Kamel uses Model Driven Architecture (MDA) to integrate IP-XACT and Kamel modeling together. Python Mako template-based code generation framework is used to generated different views from the models. The compatibility with IP-XACT is demonstrated with the Kactus2 tool. Our case study is modeling and code generation for Kvazaar HEVC video intra encoder IP block on FPGA. The results confirm that the Kamel and introduced tool flow can provide 5x-10x productivity gain when measured on time spent on model entry and Lines of Code used for model entry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design, DSD 2020
EditorsAndrej Trost, Andrej Zemva, Amund Skavhaug
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781728195353
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEuromicro Conference on Digital System Design - Kranj, Slovenia
Duration: 26 Aug 202028 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design, DSD 2020


ConferenceEuromicro Conference on Digital System Design


  • Code generation
  • Design methodology
  • IP design
  • Model-Driven Architecture
  • Model-Driven Development
  • RTL design

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Control and Systems Engineering


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