Chisel: Constructing Hardware in a Scala Embedded Language

Provided by: Association for Computing Machinery
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
The dominant traditional Hardware-Description Languages (HDLs), Verilog Hardware-Description Languages (VHDL), were originally developed as hardware simulation languages, and were only later adopted as a basis for hardware synthesis. Because the semantics of these languages are based around simulation, synthesizable designs must be inferred from a subset of the language, complicating tool development and designer education. These languages also lack the powerful abstraction facilities that are common in modern software languages, which lead to low designer productivity by making it difficult to reuse components.

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