A Modular Digital VLSI Flow for High-productivity SoC Design
Joel S. Emer,
Yakun Sophia Shao,
Sam (Likun) Xi,
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A high-productivity digital VLSI flow for designing complex SoCs is presented. The flow includes high-level synthesis tools, an object-oriented library of synthesizable SystemC/C++ components, and a modular VLSI physical design approach based on fine-grained globally asynchronous locally synchronous (GALS) clocking. The flow was demonstrated on a 16nm FinFET testchip targeting machine learning and computer vision.