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April 1985 (vol. 11 no. 4)
pp. 387-396
D.E. Comer, Department of Computer Sciences, Purdue University
Researchers at Bell Labs have recently developed a silicon compiler, named Plex, that automatically generates VLSI layouts of high performance and area efficient microprocessors. Plex takes as input a specification of the function to be executed and generates a complete mask-level layout of a customized microprocessor to execute that function. The Plex microprocessor interacts with the external world, via input and output wires, and interrupts. The dedicated function performed by a Plex microprocessor typically involves real-time handling of inputs and interrupts-and the real-time generation of output signals.
Index Terms:
wafer computers, Concurrent programming, customized chips, customized microprocessors, microprocessor design, real-time programming language, VLSI
D.E. Comer, N.H. Gehani, "Flex: A High-Level Language for Specifying Customized Microprocessors," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 387-396, April 1985, doi:10.1109/TSE.1985.232228
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