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Hardware acceleration can cause slowdowns to your computer when disabled. This is because the CPU has to process all of the data. By turning it on, you’ll shift some of the processing power to specially designed equipment like audio and graphics cards. This allows your processor to be used for other purposes.

These devices are more in a specific task than your computer’s processor. Hardware accelerators can be utilized to perform a variety of tasks such as 3D rendering, video decoding and even regular expression acceleration in the server industry to ward off spam attacks from using patterns like ‘ R n’.

As a design tool, hardware acceleration is used to speed up the execution of algorithm-intensive algorithms that would otherwise take too long for a standard processor to complete. They can be built into chips, or external components that communicate with processors by mapping instructions for processors to hardware-accelerated functions. They can be granular in nature, from a single unit such as a memory block that handles bit blits up to an entire accelerator running a fixed algorithms, such as motion estimation.

Cadence provides a full suite of tools that support every step of the hardware acceleration design process from Stratus high-level synthesizing and Genus logic to Innovus implementation system, Conformal low-power analysis and Joules RTL power analysis. These tools let designers create highly efficient and cost-effective hardware accelerations that are designed for the intended applications and markets.