Integrated circuits -- Very large scale integration, Microprocessors
Due to the complexity of designing digital systems using VLSI parts, a tool for aiding in system level design specification and verification is needed. Functional level modeling languages and simulators provide that tool. An example of such a tool is the N.2 package of software produced by Endot Inc. and soon to be running on a VAX computer at the University of Central Florida. An overview of the N.2 system is presented in this paper with emphasis on the modeling language of N.2, ISP’. A Small Instruction set Computer (SIC), originally specified in HAPL, is designed with this software using several design methodologies. These range from an instruction level implementation to a microcoded register level implementation. The ISP’ source code is provided for each implementation. Comments on the ability of the N.2 software to model systems at various levels of design abstraction are made. A comparison of the functional modeling language of N.2, ISP’ to other functional level design languages is made. Finally, some areas that warrant further investigation are presented.
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Petrasko, Brian E.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
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Patz, Benjamin J., "Using N.2 to Model a Microprocessor System" (1985). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4812.
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