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IEEE TC
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Methods Used in an Automatic Logic Design Generator (ALERT)

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Abstract

The ALERT system converts preliminary high-level descriptions of computers into logic. The input to ALERT depicts the architecture of a proposed machine in a form of Iverson notation. As output, the architecture is “compiled” into Boolean equations, which may then be converted into standard computer circuits. The purpose is to relieve designers of uncreative detail work. Complex structures may be represented conveniently by macro functions, algorithms, multidimensional arrays, and subscripted expressions. Control logic, intermediate registers, and selection and switching mechanisms are automatically supplied and the resulting design is consolidated and simplified by a variety of techniques. Methods used and reasons for those approaches are discussed. To elucidate operation of the system, a sample design is followed through its gradual development as it is processed by the successive steps of ALERT. Nine pages of circuit diagrams were automatically generated from the example and are included in the Appendix. Copyright © 1969 by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

Date

01 Jan 1969

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IEEE TC

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