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Microarchitecture optimization for timing and layout


In recent years the drive to produce more complex integrated circuits while spending less design time has driven the demand for design automation tools. The search for design automation methods has resulted in the design of numerous behavioral synthesis and logic synthesis tools. This report describes a system that fills the gap between traditional behavioral synthesis and logic synthesis tools. Techniques are introduced for improving the microarchitecture structure and using feedback from lower-level optimization tools to guide design optimizations while attempting to meet user specified area and time constraints. These techniques include the capability for mixing layout styles such as custom layout for random-logic components and bit-slicing for regularly structured components. In this manner the entire design, control logic and datapath, can be optimized at the same time. Further, this paper presents a new methodology for microarchitecture-level optimization that greatly reduces the amount of technology-specific knowledge necessary to perform the optimizations.

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