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EE Times: Open-source C Compiler Targets FPGAs

Oct 24, 2002, 05:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Goering)

"Seeking to eliminate the need for detailed hardware expertise for FPGA design, a research group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) here has developed an open-source C compiler for reconfigurable logic. Called Streams-C, the compiler doesn't generally yield the performance of RTL design but claims to boost productivity by 10 to 100 fold.

"Streams-C accepts a subset of the C programming language, performs behavioral synthesis, and outputs synthesizable RTL VHDL code. It currently targets Xilinx Virtex-2000 devices on Annapolis Microsystems' Firebird board, but claims to be easily retargetable.

"The compiler was developed under Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency funding under the direction of Maya Gokhale, project leader for deployable adaptive processing systems at LANL. Gokhale said she'd been developing compilers since 1988, and wrote a compiler for the Splash machine, one of the first reconfigurable computers..."

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