Index based Round Robin Arbiter for NoC Routers

Index-based Round-Robin Arbiter for NoC Routers


Scalable on-chip communication system such as Network-on-Chip (NoC) is needed to meet the communication demand of large number of SoC (System on Chip) cores. In the NoC router micro-architecture design, arbiter has become increasingly important due to its significant impact on the performance and efficiency of NoC systems. In this paper, we propose an Index-based Round Robin (IRR) arbiter that functions on the index format of input ports of the router. The micro architecture of IRR arbiter scales logarithmically (log2) with the number of input ports as compared to a conventional round robin arbiter that scales with its input ports. The behavior and architecture of our arbiter leads to lower power consumption and chip area as well as higher performance characteristics.


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