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       BooG - Binding and Optimizing On Gates.

       This software belongs to the  ALLIANCE CAD SYSTEM developed by the ASIM
       team at LIP6 laboratory of Université Pierre et Marie CURIE, in Paris,

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       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
       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 cell.
       # 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'

          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

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

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

       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 description).

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

       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), sxlib(5).

       This tool is under development at the ASIM department of the LIP6
       We need your feedback to improve documentation and tools.

ASIM/LIP6                         Jun 29 2000                          BOOG(1)