Improved resource sharing for FPGA DSP blocks

Bajaj Ronak, Suhaib A. Fahmy

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Abstract

Sharing multi-cycle hardware blocks like the DSP48E1 primitive in Xilinx FPGAs can result in significant resource savings, but complicates scheduling. For high-throughput, DSP blocks must be pipelined, which results in a high initiation interval (II) for resource shared implementations. In this paper, we propose a resource reduction technique that minimises DSP block usage while also offering improved II over traditional approaches. This is integrated in a high-level tool which takes datapath descriptions in C and generates synthesisable Verilog RTL with different levels of resource sharing. We demonstrate significantly improved throughput compared to traditional resource sharing while achieving resource reduction compared to resource unconstrained and HLS implementations. The approach explores an otherwise infeasible design space between resource unconstrained and traditional resource sharing methods.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFPL 2016 - 26th International Conference on Field-Programmable Logic and Applications
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9782839918442
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 26 2016
Externally publishedYes

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