A design flow for partially reconfigurable hardware

I. Robinson, J. Irvine

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This paper presents a top-down designer-driven design flow for creating hardware that exploits partial run-time reconfiguration. Computer-aided design (CAD) tools are presented, which complement conventional FPGA design environments to enable the specification, simulation (both functional and timing), synthesis, automatic placement and routing, partial configuration generation and control of partially reconfigurable designs. Collectively these tools constitute the dynamic circuit switching CAD framework. A partially reconfigurable Viterbi decoder design is presented to demonstrate the design flow and illustrate possible power consumption reductions and performance improvements through the exploitation of partial reconfiguration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-283
Number of pages26
JournalACM Transactions in Embedded Computing Systems
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • FPGA
  • Viterbi decoder
  • configuration control
  • power estimation
  • electrical systems
  • control systems
  • computer aided engineering


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