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Asynchronous VLSI design.

Nedelchev, Ivailo Marinov. (1995) Asynchronous VLSI design. Doctoral thesis, University of Surrey (United Kingdom)..

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This thesis describes the background and implementation of a novel silicon compiler from a high-level programming language, OCCAM(async), to asynchronous CMOS circuits. The compilation scheme is based on a process algebra description of a concurrent system. This Algebra is called Delay-Insensitive Algebra and is based on CSP but allows the user more freedom in communication protocols. The thesis reviews and compares various, existing, design styles and their practical aspects for asynchronous design are also discussed. The syntax and the operational semantics of OCCAM(async) are defined and, on this basis, the new compilation technique is described with its underlying CMOS circuitry. The implementations of various, novel, library cells are also discussed. The compilation technique is illustrated throughout the thesis with practical examples. It is also compared to an existing synthesis tool, Tangram, which has been developed at Phillips Research Laboratories. The thesis concludes with the place and the role of OCCAM(async) in the contemporary CMOS design, and the future aspects in continuing this research into the full, design-process automation.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
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Date : 1995
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