Generación Automática de Aplicaciones Mixtas Hw/Sw mediante la Integración de Componentes COTS (Automatic Generation of Hybrid Hw/Sw Applications by means of COTS Component Integration)

Cristina Vicente-Chicote (, Ana Toledo (, Carlos Fernández (, Pedro Sánchez (

División de Sistemas e Ingeniería Electrónica (DSIE), Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Campus Muralla del Mar, Edificio Antigones, 30202 Cartagena, Spain
This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: April 2006
Volume: 4,   Issue: 2 
ISSN: 1548-0992

The great advances achieved in the field of electronic engineering have given rise to new hybrid systems which combine the higher flexibility of software (Sw) with the better performance of hardware (Hw). In this paper we present a novel approach to the design and implementation of this kind of hybrid systems which covers their whole development life-cycle. This proposal integrates two of the currently most popular software development paradigms: component-based software engineering and automatic software generation. Although this paper presents the results of applying this new approach to the specific domain of Visual Information Processing Systems (VIPS), it can be easily extended to cover different domains such as control applications or telecommunication systems. As a part of this work a new visual programming tool called IP-CoDER has been developed which allows incrementally building new VIPS from the design and partitioning of functional prototypes to the automatic generation of the final Hw/Sw hybrid system.

Index Terms:
Automatic Software Generation, Component-Based Software Development, Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Components, Hybrid Hw/Sw Systems, Visual Information Processing Systems (VIPS)   

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