- CHAINworks, EDA - Design Tools
Silistix, Inc. is the world's first Clockless on-chip interconnect company. Silistix's EDA tool, called “CHAINworks” creates a self-timed on chip interconnect network. This tool allows interconnect to be organized in any topology necessary to meet performance requirements. As the fabric is self-timed, it does not require a system clock thereby allowing data to flow between the stages of the fabric as fast as possible rather than waiting on a clock edge. This will significantly reduce the amount of hand tuning needed to achieve timing closure. Now power consumption is dictated by bus traffic, rather than clock edges, making CHAIN fabrics very low power.
The network nature of the CHAINworks interconnect, allows additional initiators and targets to be added easily without forcing a redesign of the entire architecture. Also, data is sent in packets which are routed efficiently through the network per the user-defined topology, with user-defined link widths. In this way designers can control the efficiency of data transmission and eliminate system bottlenecks. Designers have the ability to manage the balance between the area and power consumed by the interconnect.
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