BOOG(1) CAO-VLSI Reference Manual BOOG(1)
BooG - Binding and Optimizing On Gates.
This software belongs to the ALLIANCE CAD SYSTEM developed by the ASIM
team at LIP6 laboratory of Université Pierre et Marie CURIE, in Paris,
Web : http://asim.lip6.fr/recherche/alliance/
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
boog [-hmxold] input_file output_file [lax_file]
boog is a mapper of a behavioural description onto a predefined stan‐
dard cell library as SXLIB. It is the second step of the logic synthe‐
sis: it builds a gate network using a standard cell library.
Input file description
The logic level behavioural description (.vbe file) uses the same VHDL
subset as the logic simulator asimut, the FSM synthesizer syf, the
functional abstractor yagle and the formal prover proof (for further
information about the subset of VHDL, see the "vbe" manual).
Some constraints due to hardware mapping exist. These attributes are
only supported by technology mapping onto a standard cell library as
For the register signal description, only one condition statement must
appear. STABLE must be strictely used as a negativ motion and joined to
clock setup value. Setup can be on high or low value, but it would be
worthy to choose it accordingly with hardware register cell.
label: BLOCK (NOT ck 'STABLE and ck='1')
reg <= GUARDED expr;
You can also put a write enable condition to your register:
label: BLOCK (NOT ck 'STABLE and ck='1' and wen='1')
reg <= GUARDED expr;
A special feature has been introduced in the VHDL subset in order to
allow the don't care description for external outputs and internal reg‐
isters : A bit signal can take the 'd' value. This value is inter‐
preted as a '0' by the logic simulator asimut. Don't Cares are auto‐
matically generated by syf in the resulting '.vbe' file.
Output file description
A pure standard cell netlist is produced by boog. This file is desti‐
nated for /fBloon/fP alliance utility to improve RC delays. Any
equipotential keeps its name from connector to connector. In trouble
case, buffers are inserted to respect this VHDL constraint.
lax Parameter file description
The lax file is common with other logic synthesis tools and is used for
driving the synthesis process. See lax[24m(5) manual for more detail.
lax uses a lot of parameters to guide every step of the synthesis
process. Some parameters are globally used (for example, optimization
level whereas others are specifically used (load capacitance for the
netlist optimization only). Here is the default lax file (see the
user's manual for further information about the syntax of the '.lax'
Optimization mode = 2 (50% area - 50% delay)
Input impedance = 0
Output capacitance = 0
Delayed input = none
Auxiliary signal saved = none
Mapping with a standard cell library
Every cell appearing in the directory defined by the environment vari‐
able MBK_TARGET_LIB may be used by boog since they are described as a
'.vbe' file. There are some restrictions about the type of the cell
used. Every cell has to have only one output. The cell must be charac‐
terized. The timing and area information required by boog are specified
in the "generic" clause of the ".vbe" file.
-h Help mode. Displays possible uses of boog.
Optimization mode. Can be defined in lax file, it's only a
shortcut to define it on command line. This mode number has
an array defined between 0 and 4. It indicates the way of
optimization the user wants. If 0 is chosen, the circuit area
will be improved. On the other hand, 4 will improve circuit
delays. 2 is a medium value for optimization.
Generate a '.xsc' file. It is a color map for each signals
contained in output_file network. This file is used by xsch
to view the netlist. By choosing level 0 or 1 for xsch_mode,
you can color respectively the critical path or all signals
with delay graduation.
Just another way to show explicitly the VST output file name.
Just another way to show explicitly the LAX parameter file
Generates a VBE debug file. It comes from internal result
algorithm. Users aren't concerned.
The following environment variables have to be set before using boog :
MBK_CATA_LIB gives the auxiliary paths of the directories of input
files (behavioural description).
MBK_TARGET_LIB gives the path (single) of the directory of the selected
standard cell library.
MBK_OUT_LO gives the output format of the structural description.
You can call boog as follows :
boog alu alu
boog(1), boom(1), loon(1), lax(5), vbe(5), proof(1), asimut(1),
vhdl(5), ocp(1), nero(1), sxlib(5).
ASIM/LIP6 Jun 29 2000 BOOG(1)