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Graphical Representation of a Hardware Description Language

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Albert Koelmans


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A set of tools are presented which are aimed at producing graphical representations of a number of aspects of the behaviour and structure of hardware designs expressed in the hardware description language STRICT. Three main types of diagrams are described. First, a structural diagram in which the implementation of a block in terms of sub-blocks and their interconnection is shown; secondly, a control flow diagram is presented as a Petri net giving the control behaviour; and finally a resource usage diagram illustrates the results of exercising a particular block in terms of the silicon area occupied and the time required to compute the result. The information presented in graphical form is that described by the source language, but the graphics provide a more easily comprehensible medium.

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Author(s): Kuszyinski CA, Busfield T, Koelmans AM et al

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: IEE Proceedings: Computers and Digital Techniques

Year: 1990

Volume: 137

Issue: 6

Pages: 462-467

ISSN (print): 0143-7062

Publisher: IEEE