Example: Gajski-Kuhn Y-chart

Published 2009-12-02 | Author: Ivan Griffin

The Gajski-Kuhn Y-chart is a model which captures the considerations in designing semiconductor devices. The three domains of the Gajski-Kuhn Y-chart are on radial axes. Each of the domains can be divided into levels of abstraction, using concentric rings. At the top level (outer ring), we consider the architecture of the chip; at the lower levels (inner rings), we successively refine the design into finer detailed implementation:

Creating a structural description from a behavioural one is achieved through the processes of high-level synthesis or logical synthesis.

Creating a physical description from a structural one is achieved through layout synthesis.

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Gajski-Kuhn Y-chart

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%y_chart_common.tex -  TikZ code to draw the 3 axes of the 
%                      Gajski-Kuhn Y-chart
%y_chart_example.tex - an example file which connects and describes
%                      the Y-chart

%Created 2009-11-20 by Ivan Griffin.  Last updated: 2009-11-20
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\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{backgrounds,shapes,arrows,positioning,calc,snakes,fit}
\usepgflibrary{decorations.markings}

\begin{document}

\begin{figure}[htpb]
  \centering
  \begin{tikzpicture}[>=stealth',join=bevel,font=\sffamily,auto,on grid,decoration={markings,
    mark=at position .5 with \arrow{>}}]
    %\input{y_chart_common}
    \coordinate (behaviouralNode) at (135:4cm);
    \coordinate (structuralNode) at (45:4cm);
    \coordinate (physicalNode) at (270:4cm);
    \coordinate (originNode) at (0:0cm);

    \node [above=1em] at (behaviouralNode) {\textbf{Behavioural Domain}};
    \node [above=1em] at (structuralNode) {\textbf{Structural Domain}};
    \node [below=1em] at (physicalNode) {\textbf{Physical Domain}};

    \draw[-, very thick] (behaviouralNode.south) -- (0,0) node[left,pos=0]{Systems} node[left,pos=0.2]{Algorithms} node[left,pos=0.4]{Register transfers} node[left,pos=0.6]{Logic} node[left,pos=0.8]{Transfer functions};

    \draw[-, very thick] (structuralNode.south) -- (0,0) node[pos=0]{ } node[pos=0.2]{Processors} node[pos=0.4]{ALUs, RAM, etc.} node[pos=0.6]{Gates, flip-flops, etc.} node[pos=0.8]{Transistors};

    \draw[-, very thick] (physicalNode.south) -- (0,0) node[right,pos=0]{Physical partitions} node[right,pos=0.2]{Floorplans} node[right,pos=0.4]{Module layout} node[right,pos=0.6]{Cell layout} node[right,pos=0.8]{Transistor layout};

    \draw[fill] (barycentric cs:behaviouralNode=1.0,originNode=0) circle (2pt);
    \draw[fill] (barycentric cs:behaviouralNode=0.8,originNode=0.2) circle (2pt);
    \draw[fill] (barycentric cs:behaviouralNode=0.6,originNode=0.4) circle (2pt);
    \draw[fill] (barycentric cs:behaviouralNode=0.4,originNode=0.6) circle (2pt);
    \draw[fill] (barycentric cs:behaviouralNode=0.2,originNode=0.8) circle (2pt);

    \draw[fill] (barycentric cs:structuralNode=1.0,originNode=0) circle (2pt);
    \draw[fill] (barycentric cs:structuralNode=0.8,originNode=0.2) circle (2pt);
    \draw[fill] (barycentric cs:structuralNode=0.6,originNode=0.4) circle (2pt);
    \draw[fill] (barycentric cs:structuralNode=0.4,originNode=0.6) circle (2pt);
    \draw[fill] (barycentric cs:structuralNode=0.2,originNode=0.8) circle (2pt);

    \draw[fill] (barycentric cs:physicalNode=1.0,originNode=0) circle (2pt);
    \draw[fill] (barycentric cs:physicalNode=0.8,originNode=0.2) circle (2pt);
    \draw[fill] (barycentric cs:physicalNode=0.6,originNode=0.4) circle (2pt);
    \draw[fill] (barycentric cs:physicalNode=0.4,originNode=0.6) circle (2pt);
    \draw[fill] (barycentric cs:physicalNode=0.2,originNode=0.8) circle (2pt);

    \draw[black!50] (0,0) circle (4.0cm);
    \draw[black!50] (0,0) circle (3.2cm);
    \draw[black!50] (0,0) circle (2.4cm);
    \draw[black!50] (0,0) circle (1.6cm);
    \draw[black!50] (0,0) circle (0.8cm);

  \end{tikzpicture}
  \caption{Gajski-Kuhn \index{Gajski-Kuhn Y-chart}Y-chart} 
  \label{figure:gajski_kuhn_y_chart__levels_of_abstraction}
\end{figure}

The three domains of the Gajski-Kuhn Y-chart are on radial axes.  Each of the domains can be divided into levels of abstraction, using concentric rings.  At the top level (outer ring), we consider the architecture of the chip; at the lower levels (inner rings), we successively refine the design into finer detailed implementation:

Creating a structural description from a behavioural one is achieved through the processes of high-level synthesis or logical synthesis.

Creating a physical description from a structural one is achieved through layout synthesis.

\end{document}

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