By Robert W. Brodersen (auth.), Robert W. Brodersen (eds.)
A silicon compiler is a software program method that can immediately generate an built-in circuit from a user's specification.
Anatomy of a Silicon Compiler examines one such compiler intimately, protecting the elemental framework and layout access, the particular algorithms and libraries that are used, the method of verification and trying out, behavioral synthesis instruments and a number of other purposes which exhibit the system's functions.
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Structure_master view A structure_master view will be regenerated if there is a corresponding SDL file that is more recent, or if any of the subcells of this design are more recent. Chapter 5 Design Management 55 Structure_instance view A structure_instance view will be regenerated if the structure_master view is newer, or if any of the subcell structure_instance views are newer. Also, if any of the parameters have changed, the structure_instance view will be recreated. In addition, the structure_instance view may depend on changes in foreign files (other than SDL and OCT views).
The graphics editor VEM, which is used for viewing physical layouts, uses change lists for undo, for determining when new layers have been added, and for determining what regions of the screen need to be redrawn after a command [Harrison89a, Harrison89b]. OCT supports change monitoring via change lists and change records. A change list object has two fields, one for the types of operations to be monitored and one for the types of objects that operations of the selected type should be recorded. Multiple change lists can be created, each looking for any combination of operation/object pairs.
For a printed circ;uit board design, each pin on a package or connector might have an associated terminal. These OCT_TERM objects contained by the OCT]ACET are called "formal" terminals. The OCT_INSTANCE objects refer to instances of smaller, self-contained designs, which most commonly have "symbolic" or "physical" views. The referenced subcircuit is referred to as the master of the given instance. The OCT_INSTANCE objects automatically contain copies of the OCT_TERM objects defined in the master.