Path Mapping: Delay Estimation for Technology Independent Synthesis

Yutaka TAMIYA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E80-A   No.10   pp.1782-1788
Publication Date: 1997/10/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on VLSI Design and CAD Algorithms)
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Keyword: 
technology independent synthesis,  technology mapping,  delay estimation,  

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Summary: 
This paper proposes "path mapping," a method of delay estimation for technology independent combinational circuits. Path mapping provides fast and accurate delay estimation using common ideas with the tree covering based technology mapping. First, path mapping does technology mapping for all paths in the circuit with minimum mapped delay. Then, it finds the largest mapped delay among all the paths in the circuit, and answers it as an estimated circuit delay. Experimental results show path mapping estimates more accurate circuit delay than unit delay, and runs much faster than the technology mapping.