Good article, datapath and compiled layout makes a lot of sense. In fact an entire company was formed around this very concept called Silicon Compilers in the 1980s, then acquired by Mentor in the early 1990s. There were two compiler tools: Genesil and GDT. Earlier while at Intel I wrote my own layout compilers to produce parts of a Graphics Chip automatically.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.