Exploiting Fast Carry-Chains of FPGAs for Designing Compressor Trees

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Provided by: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
Fast carry chains featuring dedicated adder circuitry is a distinctive feature of modern FPGAs. The carry chains bypass the general routing network and are embedded in the logic blocks of FPGAs for fast addition. Conventional intuition is that such carry chains can be used only for implementing carry-propagate addition; state-of-the-art FPGA synthesizers can only exploit the carry chains for these specific circuits. This paper demonstrates that the carry chains can be used to build compressor trees, i.e., multi-input addition circuits used for parallel accumulation and partial product reduction for parallel multipliers implemented in FPGA logic.
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