Universal switch-module design for symmetric-array-based FPGAS

Yao-Wen Chang, D. F. Wong, C. K. Wong

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Abstract

A switch module M with W terminals on each side is said to be universal if every set of nets satisfying the dimensional constraint (the number of nets on each side of M is at most W) is simultaneously routable through M. In this paper, we present a class of universal switch modules. Each of our switch modules has 6W switches and switch-module flexibility three (Fs = 3). We prove that no switch module with less than 6W switches can be universal. We also compare our switch modules with those used in the Xilinx XC4000 family FPGA 's and the anti-symmetric switch modules (with Fs = 3 1 ) suggested by [15]. Although these two kinds of switch modules also have Fs = 3 and 6W switches, we show that they are not universal. Based on combinatorial counting techniques, we show that each of our universal switch modules can accommodate up to 25% more routing instances, compared with the XC4000-type one of the same size. Experimental results demonstrate that our universal switch modules improve routabilty at the chip level. Finally, our work also provides a theoretical insight into the important observation by Rose and Brown [15] that Fs = 3 is often sufficient to provide high routabilty.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1996 ACM 4th International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays, FPGA 1996
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages80-87
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780897917735
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1996
Event4th ACM International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays, FPGA 1996 - Napa Valley, United States
Duration: 11 Feb 199613 Feb 1996
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome/9475/proceeding (Conference proceedings)
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/228370 (Conference proceedings)

Publication series

NameProceedings of ACM 4th International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays, FPGA

Conference

Conference4th ACM International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays, FPGA 1996
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNapa Valley
Period11/02/9613/02/96
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Scopus Subject Areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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