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Heterogeneous technology mapping for area reduction in FPGAs with embedded memory arrays

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1 Author(s)
Wilton, S.J.E. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., British Columbia Univ., Vancouver, BC, Canada

It has become clear that large embedded configurable memory arrays will be essential in future field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Embedded arrays provide high-density high-speed implementations of the storage parts of circuits, Unfortunately, they require the FPGA vendor to partition the device into memory and logic resources at manufacture-time. This leads to a waste of chip area for customers that do not use all of the storage provided. This chip area need not be wasted, and can in fact be used very efficiently, if the arrays are configured as multioutput ROMs, and used to implement logic, In this paper, we describe two versions of a new technology mapping algorithm that identifies parts of circuits that can be efficiently mapped to an embedded array and performs this mapping, The first version of the algorithm places no constraints on the depth of the final circuit; on a set of 29 sequential and combinational benchmarks, the tool is able to map, on average, 59.7 4-LUTs into a single 2-Kbit memory array, while increasing the critical path by 7%, The second version of the algorithm places a constraint on the depth of the final circuit; it maps, on average, 56.7 4-LUTs into the same memory array, while increasing the critical path by only 2.3%. This paper also considers the effect of the memory array architecture on the ability of the algorithm to pack logic into memory, It is shown that the algorithm performs best when each array has between 512 and 2048 bits, and has a word width that can be configured as 1, 2, 4, or 8

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Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Jan 2000

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