Applications of Behavioral Synthesis for Chip Design

In this project, we attempt to investigate the feasibility of using behavioral synthesis technology for large scale chip project. The project will be completed in Metabacus Inc, an Ontario startup company that develops and markets behavioral synthesis technology, which automatically converts software into chip designs. Although promising, one obstacle for the wide deployment of behavioral synthesis as the next generation chip design methodology is demonstrating the success of the technology on large-scale chip project. The proposed research attempts to build a state-of-the-art, multi standard, multi resolution video decoder with Metabacus’ behavioral synthesis technology. The decoder finds many applications in TV, DVD, portable media players, and automobile entertainment systems. By building a realistic application of large scale, this research shall provide answer to many key questions of interest both to academia, and the partner company.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Baochun Li


Ke Xu


Metabacus Inc.




Information and communications technologies


University of Toronto



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