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A conceptual framework for ASIC design

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3 Author(s)
Leung, S.S. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI, USA ; Fisher, P. ; Shanblatt, M.A.

An attempt is made to gain a better understanding of the nature of ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) design. This is done from a decision-making perspective, in terms of three knowledge frames: the design process, the design hyperspace, and the design repertoire. The design process frame emphasizes the hierarchical design approach and presents the methodology as a formalization of the design process. The design hyperspace concept relates to the recognition of design alternatives. Analysis techniques for evaluating algorithmic and architectural alternatives are collected and classified to form the design repertoire. This conceptual framework is an effective instrument for bridging the widening gap between system designers and VLSI technology. It also provides a conceptual platform for the development of tools for high-level architectural designs.<>

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:76 ,  Issue: 7 )