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Toward a Standard Hardware Description Language
January/February 1985 (vol. 2 no. 1)
pp. 55-62
Karl Lieberherr, GTE Laboratories
A hardware description language should be simple, expressive, orthogonal, easy to read, and extendable. It should have associatedefficient, user-friendly tools that produce good results, and it should have functional, structural and layout semantics.Zeus satisfies most of these requirements and therefore its features should be included in any HDL proposed as a standard.Zeus and its recent developments?its close integration with Modula-2 and its implementation in the context of a metaprogrammingenvironment?are presented here. Two example circuits, a comparator circuit and a music generation circuit, illustrate someessential features of Zeus. A number of CAD tools that will use Zeus are under development, and Zeus has been benchmarkedwith over 40 design examples.
Karl Lieberherr, "Toward a Standard Hardware Description Language," IEEE Design & Test of Computers, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 55-62, Jan.-Feb. 1985, doi:10.1109/MDT.1985.294685
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