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The Balsa Asynchronous Circuit Synthesis System

A. Bardsley, D. A. Edwards


The Balsa synthesis system is presented. Balsa generates purely asynchronous macromodular circuits from CSP-like descriptions similar to those of Philips' Tangram tool. Balsa targets standard-cell and FPGA technologies by producing gate level netlists. Place and route can be performed with existing commercial tools. The DMA controller for the AMULET3i asynchronous microprocessor macrocell is presented as a proof of design flow. AMULET3i is to be fabricated in 0.35um 3LM CMOS. Silicon is due to be received in August 2000.

Forum on Design Languages (FDL2000) 4-8th September 2000

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