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Bit Length Optimization of Fractional Part on Floating to Fixed Point Conversion for High-Level Synthesis
Nobuhiro DOI Takashi HORIYAMA Masaki NAKANISHI Shinji KIMURA Katsumasa WATANABE
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences
Publication Date: 2003/12/01
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on VLSI Design and CAD Algorithms)
Category: Logic and High Level Synthesis
HDL, high-level synthesis, parallelizing compiler, bit length,
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In the hardware synthesis from a high-level language such as C, the bit length of variables is one of the key issues for the area and speed optimization. Usually, designers are required to optimize the bit-length of each variable manually using the time-consuming simulation on huge-data. In this paper, we propose an optimization method of the fractional bit length in the conversion from floating-point variables to fixed-point variables. The method is based on error propagation and the backward propagation of the accuracy limitation. The method is fully analytical and fast compared to simulation based methods.