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Education and Innovation in Embedded Systems Design

USI Università della Svizzera italiana, USI Faculty of Informatics, Advanced Learning and Research Institute USI Università della Svizzera italiana USI Faculty of Informatics USI Advanced Learning and Research Institute
TitleUML-based Specifications of an Embedded System Oriented to HW/SW Partitioning: a Case Study
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsMinosi, A., S. Mankan, A. Martinola, F. Balzarini, A N. Kostadinov, and M. Prevostini
Conference NameFDL'03
Date PublishedSeptember 23-26
Conference LocationFrankfurt
Keywordsembedded systems, HW/SW partitioning, unified modeling language (UML)

The Unified Modelling Language (UML) is a language for specifying, visualizing, constructing, and documenting the artefacts of software systems, as well as for modelling business and other non-software systems. The UML represents a collection of best engineering practices that succeeded in modelling large and complex systems; it is interesting to envision its extension for specification and modelling of hardware-software systems as well, starting with the first design phases, i.e. prior to hardware-software partitioning. This paper analyses the development of a solution able to define the hardware/software partitioning of an embedded system starting from its UML system specifications. The case study chosen is a Wireless Meter Reader (WMR) dedicated to the measurement of energy consumption. The designers evaluated the hard-ware/software partitioning solution in terms of cost, performance, size and consumption.