SAN FRANCISCO The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's web-based publishing initiative, OpenCourseWare, has added course material based on EDA vendor Bluespec Inc.'s electronic system level (ESL) synthesis software, Bluespec said Thursday (Jan. 5), calling the software the only ESL synthesis solution for control logic and complex datapaths in chip design today.
MIT OpenCourseWare offers free, open access to educational materials from 1,259 MIT courses for educators, self-learners and students around the world for self-study or supplementary use. Course No. 6.884, "Complex Digital Systems," developed by MIT's Professor Arvind and MIT Associate Professor Krste Asanovic, aims to teach a new methodology for the design of multi-million gate ICs.
"It's time to set a new bar in what we can expect students to have designed while in college," said Shiv Tasker, Bluespec CEO, in a statement. "The days of designing a filter as your master's thesis are long gone. We should expect students to implement a million-gate design in a semester."
Bluespec's software toolset incorporates term rewriting systems (TRS)-based synthesis, a technology developed by Professor Arvind and his students, to enable hardware designers to generate control logic on a correct-by-compiler construction basis.
According to Bluespec (Waltham, Mass.), hardware designers can raise the level of abstraction of ASIC and FGPA designs while retaining the ability to automatically synthesize register-transfer level (RTL) code, without compromising speed, power or area. This methodology reduces development costs for complex, customizable designs, allowing semiconductor manufacturers to support smaller markets with more targeted solutions, Bluespec said.
"Anytime we can publish cutting-edge course material with strong real-world application such as the course based on Bluespec's methodology, we advance MIT's goal of openly sharing useful information on a global scale," said Anne Margulies, executive director of MIT OpenCourseWare.
The MIT OpenCourseWare project launched in September 2002 with joint funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and MIT.
The course is available online at here.