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dc.contributor.authorPearson, Murray W.
dc.contributor.authorLyons, Paul J.
dc.contributor.authorApperley, Mark
dc.date.accessioned2008-10-20T22:17:15Z
dc.date.available2008-10-20T22:17:15Z
dc.date.issued1995-01
dc.identifier.citationPearson, M. W., Lyons, P. J. & Apperley, M. (1995). PICSIL: integrating graphic system design and automatic synthesis. (Working paper 95/3). Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato, Department of Computer Science.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1170-487X
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/1081
dc.description.abstractWe present an approach to the design of complex logic ICs, developed from four premises. First, the responsibilities of a chip's major components, and the communication between them, should be separated from the detailed implementation of their functionality. Design of this abstract architecture should precede definition of the detailed functionality. Secondly, graphic vocabularies are most natural for describing abstract architectures, by contrast with the conventional textual notations for describing functionality. Thirdly, such information as can be expressed naturally and completely in the idiom of the abstract architecture should be automatically translated into more complex, lower-level vocabulary. Fourthly, the notations can be integrated into a single, consistent design-capture and synthesis system. PICSIL is a preliminary implementation of a design environment using this approach. It combines an editor and a synthesis driver, allowing a design's abstract architecture to be created using a graphical notation based on Data Flow Diagrams and state machines, and its functionality to be designed using a more conventional textual hardware description language. On request, it also translates a design into appropriate input for synthesis software, and controls the operation of that software, producing CIF files suitable for fabrication. Thus computer systems become appropriate for ab initio design production rather than post facto design capture.en_US
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dc.publisherUniversity of Waikato, Department of Computer Scienceen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesComputer Science Working Papers
dc.subjectcomputer scienceen_US
dc.subjecthardware description languagesen_US
dc.subjectdata flow diagramsen_US
dc.subjectsynthesisen_US
dc.subjectvisual languagesen_US
dc.titlePICSIL: integrating graphic system design and automatic synthesisen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
uow.relation.series95/3


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