This paper addresses the problem of estimating cost and development effort of a system, starting from its complete or partial high-level description. In addition, some modifications to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of reusing VHDL-based designs, are presented. The proposed approach has been formalized using an approach similar to the COCOMO analysis strategy, enhanced by a project size prediction methodology based on a VHDL function point metric. The proposed design size estimation methodology has been validated through a significant benchmark. The LEON-I microprocessor, whose VHDL description is of public domain.
CODES ''01: Proceedings of the ninth international symposium on Hardware/software codesign