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Architecture Description and Packing for Logic Blocks With Hierarchy, Modes and Complex Interconnect

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Executive Summary

The development of future FPGA fabrics with more sophisticated and complex logic blocks requires a new CAD flow that permits the expression of that complexity and the ability to synthesize to it. In this paper, the authors present a new logic block description language that can depict complex intra-block interconnect, hierarchy and modes of operation. These features are necessary to support modern and future FPGA complex soft logic blocks, memory and hard blocks. The key part of the CAD flow associated with this complexity is the packer, which takes the logical atomic pieces of the complex blocks and groups them into whole physical entities.

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