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       BooG - Binding and Optimizing On Gates.


       boog  [-hmxold] input_file output_file  [lax_file]


       boog  is  a mapper of a behavioural description onto a predefined standard cell library as
       SXLIB.  It is the second step of the logic synthesis: it builds a  gate  network  using  a
       standard cell library.

         Input file description
       The logic level behavioural description (.vbe file) uses the same VHDL subset as the logic
       simulator asimut, the FSM synthesizer syf, the functional abstractor yagle and the  formal
       prover proof (for further information about the subset of VHDL, see the "vbe" manual).
       Some  constraints  due  to  hardware mapping exist. These attributes are only supported by
       technology mapping onto a standard cell library as sxlib.
       For the register signal description, only one condition statement must appear. STABLE must
       be  strictely  used  as  a negativ motion and joined to clock setup value. Setup can be on
       high or low value, but it would be worthy to choose it accordingly with hardware  register
       # Example
               label: BLOCK (NOT ck 'STABLE and ck='1')
                   reg <= GUARDED expr;
               END BLOCK;

       You can also put a write enable condition to your register:
               label: BLOCK (NOT ck 'STABLE and ck='1' and wen='1')
                   reg <= GUARDED expr;
               END BLOCK;

       A  special feature has been introduced in the VHDL subset in order to allow the don't care
       description for external outputs and internal registers : A bit signal can  take  the  'd'
       value.  This value is interpreted as a '0' by the logic simulator asimut.  Don't Cares are
       automatically generated by syf in the resulting '.vbe' file.

         Output file description
       A pure standard cell netlist is produced by boog. This file is destinated  for  /fBloon/fP
       alliance utility to improve RC delays.  Any equipotential keeps its name from connector to
       connector. In trouble case, buffers are inserted to respect this VHDL constraint.

         lax Parameter file description
       The lax file is common with other logic synthesis  tools  and  is  used  for  driving  the
       synthesis process.  See lax(5) manual for more detail.

       lax  uses  a  lot  of  parameters  to  guide  every  step  of the synthesis process.  Some
       parameters  are  globally  used  (for  example,  optimization  level  whereas  others  are
       specifically  used  (load  capacitance  for  the  netlist optimization only).  Here is the
       default lax file (see the user's manual for further information about the  syntax  of  the
       '.lax' file):

          Optimization mode = 2 (50% area - 50% delay)
          Input impedance = 0
          Output capacitance = 0
          Delayed input = none
          Auxiliary signal saved = none

         Mapping with a standard cell library
       Every  cell  appearing in the directory defined by the environment variable MBK_TARGET_LIB
       may be used by boog since they are described as a '.vbe' file. There are some restrictions
       about the type of the cell used. Every cell has to have only one output.  The cell must be
       characterized. The timing and area informations required by  boog  are  specified  in  the
       "generic" clause of the ".vbe" file.


       -h        Help mode. Displays possible uses of boog.

       -m optim_mode
                 Optimization mode. Can be defined in lax file, it's only a shortcut to define it
                 on command line. This mode number has an array  defined  between  0  and  4.  It
                 indicates  the  way  of optimization the user wants. If 0 is chosen, the circuit
                 area will be improved. On the other hand, 4 will improve circuit delays. 2 is  a
                 medium value for optimization.

       -x xsch_mode
                 Generate  a  '.xsc'  file.  It  is  a  color  map  for each signals contained in
                 output_file network. This file is used by xsch to view the netlist. By  choosing
                 level  0 or 1 for xsch_mode, you can color respectively the critical path or all
                 signals with delay graduation.

       -o output_file
                 Just another way to show explicitely the VST output file name.

       -l lax_file
                 Just another way to show explicitely the LAX parameter file name.

       -d debug_file
                 Generates a VBEdebug file. It comes from internal result algorithm. Users aren't


       The following environment variables have to be set before using boog :

       MBK_CATA_LIB  gives  the  auxiliary  paths  of the directories of input files (behavioural

       MBK_TARGET_LIB gives the path (single) of the directory  of  the  selected  standard  cell

       MBK_OUT_LO gives the output format of the structural description.


       You can call boog as follows :
            boog alu alu


       boog(1),  boom(1), loon(1), lax(5), vbe(5), proof(1), asimut(1), vhdl(5), ocp(1), nero(1),