Issue No. 06 - June (1982 vol. 31)
H.W. Trickey , Department of Computer Science, Stanford University
A system to lay out custom circuits that recognize regular languages can be a useful VLSI design automation tool. This paper describes the algorithms used in an implementation of a regular expression compiler. Layouts that use a network of programmable logic arrays (PLA's) have smaller areas than those of some other methods, but there are the problems of partitioning the circuit and then placing the individual PLA's. Regular expressions have a structure which allows a novel solution to these problems: dynamic programming can be used to find layouts which are in some sense optimal. Various search pruning heuristics have been used to increase the speed of the compiler and the experience with these is reported in the conclusions.
VLSI layout, Control logic design, dynamic programming, partitioning, programmable logic arrays (PLA's), regular expressions, silicon compilers, string pattern recognition
H.W. Trickey, "Good Layouts for Pattern Recognizers", IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 31, no. , pp. 514-520, June 1982, doi:10.1109/TC.1982.1676033