Accession Number : ADA133692
Title : A Knowledge Based Approach to VLSI CAD
Descriptive Note : Interim technical rept.
Corporate Author : RUTGERS - THE STATE UNIV NEW BRUNSWICK NJ DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
Personal Author(s) : Steinberg, Louis I ; Mitchell, Tom M
Report Date : Sep 1983
Pagination or Media Count : 21
Abstract : Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques offer one possible avenue toward new CAD tools to handle the complexities of VLSI. This paper summarizes the experience of the Rutgers AI/VLSI group in exploring applications of AI to VLSI design over the past few years. In particular, it summarizes our experience in developing REDESIGN, a knowledge-based system for providing interactive aid in the functional redesign of digital circuits. Given a desired change to the function of a circuit, REDESIGN combines rule-based knowledge of design tactics with its ability to analyze signal propagation through circuits, in order to (1) help the user focus on an appropriate portion of the circuit to redesign, (2) suggest local redesign alternatives, and (3) determine side effects of possible redesigns. We also summarize our more recent research toward constructing a knowledge-based system for VLSI design and a system for chip debugging, both based on extending the techniques used by the REDESIGN system.
Descriptors : *ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE , *COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN , *INTEGRATED CIRCUITS , APPROACH , CHIPS(ELECTRONICS) , CIRCUITS , COMPUTER PROGRAMS , DEBUGGING(COMPUTERS) , DIGITAL SYSTEMS , FOCUSING , GATES(CIRCUITS) , INTERACTIONS , LOGIC CIRCUITS , PROPAGATION , SIDE REACTIONS , SIGNALS , TOOLS , USER NEEDS
Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Computer Programming and Software
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE