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Perhaps one of the most important aspects of silicon today, and increasingly so in the future, is software. The software infrastructure used to link the subsystems on a chip, or with external interfaces, is absolutely critical and no real standards exist in this area. While relatively high overhead, general-purpose systems can be used (e.g. Windows CE, Wind River), it is clear they do not meet the all needs of high-performance embedded systems in general today, especially with the sorts of reliability and verification concerns of military applications.