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Cathedral-II: A Silicon Compiler for Digital Signal Processing

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The article describes the status of work at IMEC on the Cathedral-II silicon compiler. The compiler was developed to synthesize synchronous multiprocessor system chips for digital signal processing. It is a continuation of work on the Cathedral-I operational silicon compiler for bit-serial digital filters. Cathedral-II is based on a ??meet in the middle?? design method that encourages a total separation between system design and reusable silicon design. The CAD system includes a rule-based synthesis program, a procedural program, and a controller synthesis environment. Processors are synthesized in terms of modules called from automated reusable module generators. Chip layout is done on a floor planner. An expert subsystem verifies correctness during silicon design and generates functional and timing models for verification at the module and chip levels.

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Design & Test of Computers, IEEE  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 6 )