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Title: Specc: Specification Language and Methodology
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Author: Gajski, Daniel D.
Co-Authors: Andreas Gerstlauer,Shuqing Zhao
Description: For the near future, the recent predictions and readiness on silicon semiconductor technology all agree that the number of transistors on a chip will keep growing exponentially according to Moore's Law, pushing technology towards the system-on-a-chip (SOC) era. However, we are increasingly experiencing a productivity gap where the chip complexity that can be handled by current design teams falls short of the possibilities offered by technological advances. Together with growing time-to-market pressures, this drives the need for innovative measures to increase design productivity by orders of magnitude.

It is commonly agreed that the solutions for achieving such a leap in design productivity lie in a shift of the focus of the design process to higher levels of abstraction on the one hand and in the massive reuse of predesigned, complex system components (intellectual property, IP) on the other hand. In order to be successful, both concepts eventually require the adoption of new languages and methodologies for system design, backed-up by the availability of a corresponding set of system-level design automation tools.

This book presents the Spec C system-level design language (SLDL) and the corresponding Spec C design methodology.

The Spec C language is intended for specification and design of SOCs or embedded systems including software and hardware whether using fixed platforms, integrating systems from different IPs, or synthesizing the system blocks from programming or hardware description languages. Spec C: Specification Language and Design Methodology describes the Spec C methodology that leads designers from an executable specification to an RTLimplementation through a well-defined sequence of steps. Each model is described and guidelines are given for generating these models from executable specifications. Finally, the Spec C methodology is demonstrated on an industrial-size example. The design community is now entering the system level of abstraction era and Spec C is the enabling element to achieve a paradigm shift in design culture needed for system/product design and manufacturing.

Spec C: Specification Language and Design Methodology will be of interest to researchers, designers, and managers dealing with system-level design, design flows and methodologies as well as students learning system specification, modeling and design.
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