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Design methodology and CAD tools for the NVAX microprocessor

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3 Author(s)
Peng, V. ; Digital Equipment Corp., Hudson, MA, USA ; Donchin, D.R. ; Yen, Y.-T.

The design and verification of the NVAX microprocessor are described. Full-custom circuit and layout techniques were required to achieve the target cycle time, and the design had to be completed as quickly as possible to meet time-to-market requirements. A structured design methodology and several novel proprietary CAD tools were used to develop the full custom chip from a textual specification to tape out in 20 months. First silicon booted the VMS operating system, worked in symmetric multiprocessing system configurations, and operated at 83.3 MHz under worst-case operating conditions

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Computer Design: VLSI in Computers and Processors, 1992. ICCD '92. Proceedings, IEEE 1992 International Conference on

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11-14 Oct 1992