A Novel FPGA Logic Block for Improved Arithmetic Performance

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Provided by: Association for Computing Machinery
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
To improve FPGA performance for arithmetic circuits, this paper proposes a new architecture for FPGA logic cells that includes a 6:2 compressor. The new cell features additional fast carry-chains that concatenate adjacent compressors and can be routed locally without the global routing network. Unlike previous carry-chains for binary and ternary addition, the carry chain used by the new cell only spans 2 logic blocks, which significantly improves the delay of multi-input addition operations mapped onto the FPGA. The delay and area overhead that arises from augmenting a traditional FPGA logic cell with the new compressor structure is minimal.
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