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CAD for VLSI Systems   Start date:1986-03-01   End date:1991-03-01 

Project Acronym:CVS  Project status:Completed

Coordinator

Organization name:   Centro Studi e Laboratori Telecomunicazioni SpA   (CSELT)
Administrative contact Address
Name:  MELINDO  Via G. Reiss Romoli, 274
10148    TORINO,   ITALIA

Region:  NORD OVEST PIEMONTE Torino
Tel:+39-11-2285111
Fax:+39-11-2285085
E-mail:
URL:http://www.cselt.stet.it/Cselt/index_text.htm Organization Type:Other

Description

Objective: The objective of the CVS project was to implement an integrated CAD system capable of coping with the needs of the 1990s, where improvements in semiconductor technology will allow the production of chips with about 1million transistors. Such a CAD system must lead to a factor of 10improvement in design time, based on novel tools for the automatic construction of designs at the level of system architecture, achieved by interconnecting cells representing parts of the total system which have themselves been constructed automatically from a set of given parameters.
The areas of work included architecture synthesis, digital cell building, analogue cell design, integration of tools and design of demonstration chips.

Achievements: The objective of the CVS project was to implement an integrated computer aided design (CAD) system capable of coping with the needs of the 1990s, where improvements in semiconductor technology will allow the production of chips with about 1 million transistors. Such a CAD system must lead to a factor of 10 improvement in design time, based on novel tools for the automatic construction of designs at the level of system architecture, achieved by interconnecting cells representing parts of the total system which have themselves been constructed automatically from a set of given parameters. The areas of work included architecture synthesis, digital cell building, analogue cell design, integration of tools and design of demonstration chips. During the first 30 months of the project the design and first implementation of the tools were completed, and final prototype tools were available. In order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the tools developed in the project, an ambitious demonstrator chip has been selected. This is an advanced signal processing very large scale integrated (VLSI) forming part of a new mobile telephone receiver. The overall system design of this chip has now been completed, and its implementation and test using the CVS system is currently in hand.
The operating environment is as follows :
Computer aided design (CAD) and design methodologies

General information: The first prototypes of tools were delivered at the end of 1989.
During the first 30months of the project the design and first implementation of the tools were completed, and final prototype tools were available in March 1990. In order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the tools developed in the project, an ambitiou s demonstrator chip has been selected. This is an advanced signal-processing VLSI forming part of a new mobile telephone receiver. The overall system design of this chip has now been completed, and its implementation and test using the CVS system is currently in hand.
Exploitation
Such a CAD system is expected to lead to the required factor of 10improvement in design time. For chips which will not be sold in very large numbers, rapid and accurate design is of the utmost importance. The techniques of automatic construction of the d esigns, both at the architectural level and for analogue cell design, should be important elements in achieving this aim.
In order to have maximum impact on industry in general, in addition to internal use by the partners, it was agreed that the resulting software will be made available to third parties (eg software houses) for the marketing of the results. Several European SME CAD vendor companies are offering products arising from the CVS project aimed at various niche markets.

Project Details    Start date:1986-03-01      End date:1991-03-01
Project Reference:802     Programme Acronym: ESPRIT 1     Programme type:First Framework Programme
Subject index:Information Processing, Information Systems, Electronics, Microelectronics

 

Other participants

Organization name:   Thomson Microelectronics Srl (SGS)
Administrative contact Address
Name: Piero CAPOCELLI  Centro di Ricerca e Sviluppo CIS
Unità Ambientale
Casella Postale 3651
Via Carlo Olivetti
20041  Agrate Brianza Milano,  ITALIA
Region:  LOMBARDIA
Tel:+39-6555311
Fax:+39-6555700
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Organization name:  MATRA-MHS
Administrative contact Address
Name: DESUCHE  3 AVENUE DU CENTRE
78054   SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, FRANCE
Region:  ÎLE DE FRANCE Ile de France Yvelines
Tel:+33-40-303030
Fax:+33-40-300216
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Organization name:  Gesellschaft fr Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung mbH
Administrative contact Address
Name: WOELCKEN  POSTFACH 12 40
5205   SANKT AUGUSTIN, DEUTSCHLAND

Region:  NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN KOELN Rhein-Sieg-Kreis
Tel:+49-2241-142429
Fax:+49-2241-142889
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Organization name:Centre National d'Etudes des Telecommunications (CNET)
Administrative contact Address
Name: Roland GERBER  BP 98
98 chemin du Vieux Chêne
38243   Meyland,  FRANCE
Region:  CENTRE-EST RHONE-ALPES Isere
Tel:+33-76-764128
Fax:+33-76-903443
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Organization name:Daimler-Benz AG
Administrative contact Address
Name: RUGEN  Research and Technology Centre
Wilhelm-Runge-Strasse 11
89013   Ulm   DEUTSCHLAND
Region:  BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG, Ulm, Stadtkreis
Tel:+49-731-3924195
Fax:+49-731-3923393
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Organization name:   TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET KAISERSLAUTERN
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Name:  HARTENSTEIN P.F. 3049
Erwin Schroedinger Strasse 46
67663  KAISERSLAUTERN, DEUTSCHLAND
Region:  RHEINLAND-PFALZ RHEINHESSEN-PFALZ Kaiserslautern, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Organization name:   Alcatel TITN
Administrative contact Address
Name:Jean Louis LAGARDE  BP 17
Avenue du Quebec
ZA Courtaboeuf
91946   Les Ulis, FRANCE
Region:  ÎLE DE FRANCE Ile de France Essonne
Tel:+33-1-64463434
Fax:+33-1-64462470
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Organization name:  British Telecom plc (BT)
Administrative contact Address
Name:SCARBROUGH  British Telecom Laboratories
Martlesham Heath
IP5 7RE   Ipswich, UNITED KINGDOM
Region:   EAST ANGLIA Suffolk
Tel:+44-473-642270
Fax:+44-473-642157
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Organization name:   Italtel Società Italiana Telecomunicazioni SpA
Administrative contact Address
Name:Giulio GORLA  DVCE - SED /DCRS-PA
Castelletto di Settimo Milanese
20019    Milano, ITALIA
Region:  LOMBARDIA
Tel:+39-2-43887001
Fax:+39-2-43888593
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