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The STRICT Language and Design Methodology

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Albert Koelmans, Martin McLauchlan, Tony Robson



The STRICT hardware description language and design systems allow the design of complex integrated circuits using methods derived from software engineering techniques. A STRICT design comprises an integrated description of both behavioural and structure; the design process initially concentrates on the behavioural aspects. Structural information may be omitted until the later stages of the design process. Behavioural specifications may be very detailed at the lower levels of the design hierarchy. The STRICT simulator subsystem compares behavioural specifications at any two levels in the hierarchy and reports back to the designer about the feasibility of his behavioural specifications. Once the designer is satisfied that his behavioural specifications are correct the structural details can be added, although mask level details are never required. The layout subsystem will then translate the structural specifications into mask patterns using appropriate libraries. This methodology allows a designer to experiment with different algorithms and thus to explore the design space, while catching design errors at an early stage.

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Author(s): Koelmans AM, McLauchlan MR, Robson AP

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Computing Laboratory Technical Report Series

Year: 1987

Pages: 34

Print publication date: 01/09/1987

Source Publication Date: September 1987

Report Number: 244

Institution: Computing Laboratory, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne