Christopher Lavin

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—Creating CAD tools for commercial FPGAs is a difficult task. Closed proprietary device databases and unsupported interfaces are largely to blame for the lack of CAD research found on commercial architectures versus hypothetical architectures. This paper formally introduces RapidSmith, a new set of tools and APIs that enable CAD tool creation for Xilinx(More)
—The FPGA compilation process (synthesis, map, place, and route) is a time consuming task that severely limits designer productivity. Compilation time can be reduced by saving implementation data in the form of hard macros. Hard macros consist of previously synthesized, placed and routed circuits that enable rapid design assembly because of the native FPGA(More)
—Designer productivity for FPGA design is significantly limited by the time-consuming nature of the FPGA compilation process (synthesis, map, placement, and routing). However, experimentation on alternative CAD tools for this purpose for Xilinx devices has been somewhat limited. This paper describes the development and distribution of RapidSmith, a software(More)
—The FPGA compilation process (synthesis, map, placement, routing) is a time-consuming process that limits designer productivity. Compilation time can be reduced by using pre-compiled circuit blocks (hard macros). Hard macros consist of previously synthesized, mapped, placed and routed circuitry that can be relatively placed with short tool runtimes and(More)
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