NASA 1996 SBIR Phase I


PROPOSAL NUMBER : 96-1 09.02-2234B

PROJECT TITLE : Low Power Behavioral Synthesis for Control-Flow Intensive HDL Designs

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)

Low power has been recently elevated to one of the most critical issues in VLSI circuit design, affecting packaging, cooling, and reliability characteristics. Although power optimization at behavior level was shown to have an order of magnitude higher impact than at logic or transistor level, no commercial tools presently exist for power optimization at high levels of design abstraction. ASC and Princeton University (Princeton) propose to develop a behavioral synthesis and power optimization tool for control-intensive HDL designs. The Phase I effort will integrate state-of-the-art methods of behavioral synthesis of control circuits with Princeton's unique power optimization technology through (1) implementation of synthesis and power optimization algorithms for control circuits, (2) evaluation of behavioral transformations for effective power reduction, (3) development of an approach to fast RT-level power and true delay estimation, and (4) implementation and evaluation of a prototype tool. The proposed R&D effort will leverage off ASC and Princeton's technology for power optimization in data-intensive designs being developed under an SBIR contract from the Air Force. In Phase II, the proposed new tool will be perfected and integrated with popular commercial design flows.
POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
The ultimate commercial application of this effort will be a software product to be used for high-level design of integrated circuits where power is a critical specification. The tool will enable radical power reduction in control-intensive designs. Its impact on space electronics will be dramatic and will enable lighter payloads.
NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Serguei Sokolov
Alternative System Concepts, Inc.
22 Haverhill Road, P.O. Box 128
Windham, NH 03087
NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR
Alternative System Concepts, Inc.
22 Haverhill Road, P.O. Box 128
Windham, NH 03087