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Automatic generation of high-performance multipliers for FPGAs with asymmetric multiplier blocks

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Srinath, Shreesha
Compton, Katherine
MS, Electrical Engineering
May 15, 2010
The introduction of asymmetric embedded multiplier blocks in recent Xilinx FPGAs complicates the design of larger multiplier sizes. The two different input bitwidths of the embedded multipliers lead to two different shifting factors for the partial products that must be summed. This makes even the most straightforward multiplier design less intuitive. In this thesis, I present a methodology and set of equations to automatically generate Verilog hardware description code for arbitrary multiplier sizes composed of arbitrarily-sized asymmetric embedded multiplier cores. The presented technique also uses intelligent rearrangement of the multiplier block outputs into partial product terms to reduce the overall delay of the circuit. Multipliers created with this generator are faster and use fewer DSP blocks than either those created using Xilinx Core Generator or those created by simply using the ?*? operator in Verilog. It also uses fewer LUTs than those created using the ?*? operator. Finally, the presented generator can create multipliers larger than possible with Core Generator, and is limited only by the number of available embedded multipliers.
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