Transistor abstraction for the functional verification of FPGAs

G. Dupenloup, T. Lemeunier, R. Mayr
2006 Proceedings - Design Automation Conference  
This paper discusses the use of transistor abstraction to enable the functional verification of FPGA fabrics with RTL models. It first describes the multiplexer structures that are used on a massive scale in FPGAs and the specific challenges that they pose to transistor abstraction tools. It then reviews previous approaches and shows that the cone model of the DESB system is particularly well suited to abstract FPGA logic because it makes pass-gate branches in multiplexer structures well
more » ... uctures well apparent. Based on this model, methods are described to isolate multiplexer structures, take into account logic correlation between signals, and generate RTL models that are both simulation efficient and highly readable. Finally, Altera's ABX tool that implements these concepts is briefly described.
doi:10.1109/dac.2006.229398 fatcat:4kbzcttfovhnlprbhq27jdszwe