Rule-based and algorithmic approach for logic synthesis

Takeshi Yoshimura*

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This paper presents a logic synthesis system based on a combined rule-based and algorithmic approach, where not only tables for transformation are described as rules, but also a two-level logic minimization algorithm is registered as one of the rules. A rule interpreter fires these rules using an effective branch and bound technique. Physical constraints such as longest path lengths between registers, fan-in/out and polarity are checked whenever each rule is applied. The system was implemented in the C language on an EWS4800 and a SUN2/160 workstations and has been applied for actual circuits used in production. The results show that the system generates solutions very close to manual implementation. They also show that the system with the logic minimization algorithm produces 20% smaller circuits on the average than in the case where the algorithm was skipped.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-103
Number of pages6
JournalNEC Research and Development
Issue number91
Publication statusPublished - 1988 Oct
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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