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High-Level Synthesis

  1. Dr. Issam Damaj

Published Online: 15 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470050118.ecse177

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

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Damaj, I. 2008. High-Level Synthesis. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. 1–10.

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  1. Dhofar University, Sultanate of Oman

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2008


Hardware synthesis is a general term used to refer to the processes involved in automatically generating a hardware design from its specification. High-level synthesis (HLS) could be defined as the translation from a behavioral description of the intended hardware circuit into a structural description similar to the compilation of programming languages (such as C and Pascal into assembly language. The chained synthesis tasks at each level of the design process include system synthesis, register-transfer synthesis, logic synthesis, and circuit synthesis. The development of hardware solutions for complex applications is no more a complicated task with the emergence of various HLS tools. Many areas of application have benefited from the modern advances in hardware design, such as automotive and aerospace industries, computer graphics, signal and image processing, security, complex simulations like molecular modeling, and DND matching. The field of HLS is continuing its rapid growth to facilitate the creation of hardware and to blu more and more the border separating the processes of designing hardware and software.


  • hardware dsign;
  • hardware synthesis;
  • logic synthesis;
  • logic design;
  • high-level languages;
  • formal methods;
  • gate arrays;
  • programmable logic