A new design methodology for System on Chip design

Colloquium in Mathematics and Computer Science,
A new design methodology for System on Chip design

Prof. Samary Baranov, MIT

Tuesday, may 28 | 15:00 | Building 3, Conference Room

The tremendous achievements in chip technology allow to produce chips with hundreds of millions of gates. At the same time, the design technology of such circuits only slightly improved in the last ten years, especially at the highest system level. The traditional digital system design flow contains the manual creation of system description at the Register Transfer Level (RTL) with Verilog or VHDL code. As a result, the time-to-market has increased three to four times for such complex digital chips. The only possibility to reduce a gap between future technological capability and the lagging designer productivity is to raise the design from the current RTL to the algorithmic or behavior level and design a new 4th generation HLS tools that can handle any types of digital systems.

In this report we present a new design methodology and demonstrate the HLS tool Synthagate supporting this methodology. It performs full automatic synthesis of any types of digital systems from behavior specification to description in HDL at a Register Transfer Level. The technology and concept is proven and implemented as a fast and powerful tool which allows rapid implementation, optimization, verification and estimation of multiple design versions. At the same time, it automatically generates specifications and the design documentation. Digital systems synthesized by Synthagate have high performance, small area, and power consumption.

Samary Baranov, Prof., PhD and Doct. Sc. has more than thirty years experience in the electronics industry. He was a professor at University of Precise Mechanics and Optics in St. Petersburg (Russia), at University of Beer-Sheva (Israel), at Bar Ilan University (Israel) and at Holon Institute of Technology – HIT (Israel). At the same time he worked as a consultant for several high-tech companies in Israel. Hundreds of his students, including about 80 with Masters Degrees and 20 with Ph.D. degrees, work successfully in Canada, Germany, Israel, Russia and the USA for well known IT companies, such as Apple, Intel, Google, IBM, National Semiconductors, Motorola, etc.

In February 2001, he founded the North American Institute of Computer Systems (NAICS) in Toronto – the first training center in Canada to offer an advanced and intensive 250 post-graduate curriculum "Electronic Hardware Design”. More than 250 students (bachelors, masters and PhDs) successfully finished this course in 2001 – 2003. Nowadays he is a president and CEO of Synthezza Corp. At the same time, living in Canada, Prof. Baranov continues to be the Head of VLSI Lab and a professor in Holon Institute of Technology.

Prof. Baranov is the author of twelve books in Russian, French and English and more than 80 papers.