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VLSI system design by the numbers: Design frames and system kits promise to simplify the development of VLSI-based systems

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4 Author(s)
Borriello, G. ; California Univ., Berkeley, CA, USA ; Katz, R.H. ; Bell, A.G. ; Conway, L.

Two new concepts for computer development now being developed are design frames and system kits. The design frames take care of the details of interfacing new integrated circuits with a standard bus, and system kits provide a hardware and software standard for prototypes consisting of one or many design-frame-based circuit boards. A system kit starts with the basic prototyping hardware required to build a complete computer system: card cages, power supplies, memory boards, and so forth. These off-the-shelf parts are chosen so that they can work together through standard bus protocols, circuit-board form factors, and software conventions. The prototyping hardware is then augmented by design frames-a special interfacing technique for closely integrating custom chips and printed-circuit boards into the system.

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Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 2 )