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Object-oriented techniques in hardware design

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4 Author(s)
S. Kumar ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Virginia Univ., Charlottesville, VA, USA ; J. H. Aylor ; B. W. Johnson ; W. A. Wulf

We focus on using object-oriented techniques to improve the hardware design process. The advantages of these techniques for hardware design include: improved modifiability and maintainability of models; easy component instantiation with different parameters; quick composition of new components; the ability to identify and reuse common components; the ability to tailor general-purpose components to more specialized components; support of dynamic object creation and destruction; and the possibility of employing existing software synthesis and verification techniques. We illustrate the application of object-oriented techniques using a load-store, reduced instruction-set processor that contains a local memory. The instruction set consists of 22 instructions, which require one or two 16-bit words. Arithmetic is performed in two's complement. We use C++ to demonstrate the usefulness of object-oriented techniques, not to provide arguments for or against its use in hardware modeling and design.<>

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Computer  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 6 )