CAM processor synthesis based on behavioral descriptions

Nozomu Togawa, Tatsuhiko Wakui, Tatsuhiko Yoden, Makoto Terajima, Masao Yanagisawa, Tatsuo Ohtsuki

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    Abstract

    CAM (Content Addressable Memory) units are generally designed so that they can be applied to variety of application programs. However, if a particular application runs on CAM units, some functions in CAM units may be often used and other functions may never be used. We consider that appropriate design for CAM units is required depending on the requirements for a given application program. This paper proposes a CAM processor synthesis system based on behavioral descriptions. The input of the system is an application program written in C including CAM functions, and its output is hardware descriptions of a synthesized processor and a binary code executed on it. Since the system determines functions in CAM units and synthesizes a CAM processor depending on the requirements of an application program, we expect that a synthesized CAM processor can execute the application program with small processor area and delay. Experimental results demonstrate its efficiency and effectiveness.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2464-2473
    Number of pages10
    JournalIEICE Transactions on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences
    VolumeE83-A
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2000 Dec

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    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Hardware and Architecture
    • Information Systems

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