Automated Conversion of SystemC Fixed-Point Data Types

  • Axel G. Braun
  • Djones V. Lettnin
  • Joachim Gerlach
  • Wolfgang Rosenstiel
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 200)

Abstract

This article describes a methodology for the automated conversion of SystemC fixed-point data types and arithmetics to an integer-based format for simulation acceleration and hardware synthesis. In most design flows the direct synthesis of fixed-point data types and their related arithmetics is not supported. Thus all fixed-point arithmetics have to be converted manually in a very time-consuming and error-prone procedure. Therefore a conversion methodology has been developed and a tool enabling an automated conversion of SystemC fixed-point data types as well as fixed-point arithmetics has been implemented. The article describes the theory and transformation rules of the conversion methodology, their implementation into a tool solution, and its application in terms of an experimental case study.

Keywords

Fixed-Point Data Type Conversion SystemC System Design Hardware Synthesis 

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© International Federation for Information Processing 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Axel G. Braun
    • 1
  • Djones V. Lettnin
    • 1
  • Joachim Gerlach
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Rosenstiel
    • 1
  1. 1.Wilhelm-Schickard-Institute for Computer Science, Department of Computer EngineeringUniversity of TuebingenTuebingenGermany

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