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Design Automation Conference (1988)
Anaheim, CA, USA
June 12, 1988 to June 15, 1988
ISBN: 0-8186-0864-1
pp: 34-39
Acosta , Microelectron. Comput. Technol. Corp., Austin, TX, USA
Alexandre , Microelectron. Comput. Technol. Corp., Austin, TX, USA
Inken , Microelectron. Comput. Technol. Corp., Austin, TX, USA
Read , Microelectron. Comput. Technol. Corp., Austin, TX, USA
ABSTRACT
A description is given of a suite of utilities for manipulating VHDL (VHSIC Hardware Description Language) designs that has been developed and integrated into a CAD (Computer-aided design) system. The system is a tightly integrated environment supporting the sharing of design information between heterogeneous tools, using an underlying knowledge base built on top of an object-orientated distributed database. The VHDL utilities include an editing mode to provide syntactic assistance for writing VHDL an analyzer to produce intermediate representations, a compiler to translate the intermediate representations into directly executable Lisp functions, an elaborator for generating simulation models from complete design, and a simulator for these models. Experimentation, continued development, and several important extensions to the CAD System VHDL utilities are in progress.
INDEX TERMS
role of VHDL, CAD system, utilities for manipulating VHDL, VHSIC Hardware Description Language, tightly integrated environment, sharing of design information, heterogeneous tools, knowledge base, object-orientated distributed database, VHDL utilities, editing mode, syntactic assistance, writing VHDL, intermediate representations, compiler, directly executable Lisp functions, elaborator, generating simulation models
CITATION

Read, Alexandre, Acosta and Inken, "The role of VHDL in the MCC CAD system," Design Automation Conference(DAC), Anaheim, CA, USA, 1988, pp. 34-39.
doi:10.1109/DAC.1988.14731
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