Circuit and System-Level Synthesis


Keywords: system level synthesis, tools integration

Start Date: 1 January 94 / Status: finished / Duration: 12 months

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Objectivies and Approach

The goal of the CSLS collaboration action is the development of a global solution for behavioural and system level synthesis. It is based on the existence of the AMICAL, a behavioural synthesis tool developed at TIMA in Grenoble France within the framework of the ASCIS BR project and Specymen, the system-level synthesis tool developed at the university of Irvine in the US. The combination of these two environments produces a full path for system and circuit design and provides method allowing to improve design productivity.

The collaboration programme included student and professor exchanges, technical workshops, technology transfer courses and tools integration.

European links: ESPRIT project LINKS (6855).

Progress and Results

The collaboration has progressed as planned and has resulted in the complete integration of the two environments. Students and professors from the European side have visited Irvine for periods varying from one week to one month. Similarly the American side has sent researchers and professors to the EU sites.

A technology transfer course and a workshop were organised in Grenoble where demonstrations of the use of the combined tools have been shown. The workshop has been attended by researchers and engineers from 11 EU countries and from the US.

A Workshop on behavioural synthesis was organised in Irvine in the US with more than 40 attendees. Both workshops had participants more than 20 from the main European and US companies in the field.

Information Dissemination Activities and/or Exploitation

CSLS has produced prototype environment for full system design covering all the design flow from Specchart to low level description accepted by commercial tools. It has also produced a comprehensive teaching material for Technology transfer operations including demonstration tools which is used for professional and academic training activities.


Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble
avenue Félix Viallet, 46
F - 38031 GRENOBLE Cedex, F

EU Partners

Technische Hochschule, Darmstadt, D

Non-EU Partners

University of California - Irvine, USA


Mr. Bernard Courtois
Tel: +33 76 57 46 15
Fx: +33 76 47 38 14

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