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Flex: A High-Level Language for Specifying Customized Microprocessors

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2 Author(s)
Comer, D.E. ; Department of Computer Sciences, Purdue University ; Gehani, N.H.

Researchers at Bell Labs have recently developed a silicon compiler, named Plex, that automatically generates VLSI layouts of high performance and area efficient microprocessors. Plex takes as input a specification of the function to be executed and generates a complete mask-level layout of a customized microprocessor to execute that function. The Plex microprocessor interacts with the external world, via input and output wires, and interrupts. The dedicated function performed by a Plex microprocessor typically involves real-time handling of inputs and interrupts-and the real-time generation of output signals.

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:SE-11 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

April 1985

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