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VLSI Design
Volume 3 (1995), Issue 3-4, Pages 267-287

Division-Based Versus General Decomposition- Based Multiple-Level Logic Synthesis

Eindhoven University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, P.O. Box 513, Eindhoven 5600 MB, The Netherlands

Copyright © 1995 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


During the last decade, many different approaches have been proposed to solve the multiple-level synthesis problem with different minimum functionally complete systems of primitive logic blocks. The most popular of them is the division-based approach. However, modem microelectronic technology provides a large variety of building blocks which considerably differ from those typically considered. The traditional methods are therefore not suitable for synthesis with many modem building blocks. Furthermore, they often fail to find global optima for complex designs and leave unconsidered some important design aspects. Some of their weaknesses can be eliminated without leaving the paradigm they are based on, other ones are more fundamental. A paradigm which enables efficient exploitation of the opportunities created by the microelectronic technology is the general decomposition paradigm. The aim of this paper is to analyze and compare the general decomposition approach and the division-based approach. The most important advantages of the general decomposition approach are its generality (any network of any building blocks can be considered) and totality (all important design aspects can be considered) as well as handling the incompletely specified functions in a natural way. In many cases, the general decomposition approach gives much better results than the traditional approaches.