Introduction

  • Rolf Drechsler
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Abstract

During the last decades, the complexity of Integrated Circuits (ICs) has increased exponentially. In the 1970’s a typical microprocessor such as the Intel 8080 consisted of about 5,000 transistors while in 1995 Intel’s state-of-the-art processor Pentium Pro contains more than 5 million transistors. To handle the complexity of todays circuits the design engineers are totally dependent on Computer Aided Design (CAD), i.e. software tools. The capabilities and limitations of CAD tools have crucial impact on the performance and cost of the produced circuits as well as on the resources required to develop a circuit. Consequently, VLSI CAD is a very important and increasingly growing research area.

Keywords

Evolutionary Algorithm Field Programmable Gate Array Logic Synthesis Large Problem Instance Configuration Logic Block 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rolf Drechsler
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  1. 1.Albert-Ludwigs-UniversityFreiburgGermany

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