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HIFSuite: Tools for HDL Code Conversion and Manipulation

  • Nicola Bombieri1Email author,
  • Giuseppe Di Guglielmo1,
  • Michele Ferrari1,
  • Franco Fummi1,
  • Graziano Pravadelli1,
  • Francesco Stefanni1 and
  • Alessandro Venturelli1
EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems20102010:436328

Received: 1 December 2009

Accepted: 12 October 2010

Published: 17 October 2010


HIFSuite ia a set of tools and application programming interfaces (APIs) that provide support for modeling and verification of HW/SW systems. The core of HIFSuite is the HDL Intermediate Format (HIF) language upon which a set of front-end and back-end tools have been developed to allow the conversion of HDL code into HIF code and vice versa. HIFSuite allows designers to manipulate and integrate heterogeneous components implemented by using different hardware description languages (HDLs). Moreover, HIFSuite includes tools, which rely on HIF APIs, for manipulating HIF descriptions in order to support code abstraction/refinement and postrefinement verification.

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Authors’ Affiliations

ESD Group, Dipartimento di Informatica, Università di Verona, Verona, Italy


© Nicola Bombieri et al. 2010

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