ISSN : 1796-203X
Volume : 3    Issue : 1    Date : January 2008

The Enabling of an Execute-In-Place Architecture to Reduce the Embedded System Memory
Footprint and Boot Time
Tony Benavides, Justin Treon, Jared Hulbert, and Weide Chang
Page(s): 79-89
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Success in the embedded world revolves around two key concepts: cost effectiveness and
performance. The ability for an operating system to boot quickly combined with speedy application
usage at runtime is important to consumer unit adoption. The most common memory sub-system
setup in cellular phone architectures today is what is called an eXecute-In-Place architecture. This
type of memory subsystem defines the execution of code and data directly from NOR flash memory.
An additional memory architecture of choice is called a Store and Download architecture. This is a
memory sub-system where the code gets copied to RAM at boot time and executes out of the RAM.
This paper explores the addition of a new memory usage model called a Balanced XIP System. By
choosing to use a Balanced XIP System you will save battery life while utilizing system resources.
This is important in an age where lifestyle is driven by quick data access and electronic device
energy longevity. The result is a system that combines a small RAM memory requirement with a
performance increase for improved targeted application and boot time execution.

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