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作者 Ling, Andrew C
書名 Improvements to field-programmable gate array design efficiency using logic synthesis
國際標準書號 9780494610077
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說明 175 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 71-06, Section: B, page: 3849
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Toronto (Canada), 2009
As Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) capacity can now support several processors on a single device, the scalability of FPGA design tools and methods has emerged as a major obstacle for the wider use of FPGAs. For example, logic synthesis, which has traditionally been the fastest step in the FPGA Computer-Aided Design (CAD) flow, now takes several hours to complete in a typical FPGA compile. In this work, we address this problem by focusing on two areas. First, we revisit FPGA logic synthesis and attempt to improve its scalability. Specifically, we look at a binary decision diagram (BDD) based logic synthesis flow, referred to as FBDD, where we improve its runtime by several fold with a marginal impact to the resulting circuit area. We do so by speeding up the classical cut generation problem by an order-of-magnitude which enables its application directly at the logic synthesis level. Following this, we introduce a guided partitioning technique using a fast global budgeting formulation, which enables us to optimize individual "pockets" within the circuit without degrading the overall circuit performance. By using partitioning we can significantly reduce the solution space of the logic synthesis problem and, furthermore, open up the possibility of parallelizing the logic synthesis step
The second area we look at is the area of Engineering Change Orders (ECOs). ECOs are incremental modifications to a design late in the design flow. This is beneficial since it is minimally disruptive to the existing circuit which preserves much of the engineering effort invested previously in the design. In a design flow where most of the steps are fully automated, ECOs still remain largely a manual process. This can often tie up a designer for weeks leading to missed project deadlines which is very detrimental to products whose life-cycle can span only a few months. As a solution to this, we show how we can leverage existing logic synthesis techniques to automatically modify a circuit in a minimally disruptive manner. This can significantly reduce the turn-around time when applying ECOs
School code: 0779
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 71-06B
主題 Engineering, Electronics and Electrical
Alt Author University of Toronto (Canada)
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