AR# 9411


12.1 Timing Closure - Timing Closure suggestions for state machine optimization


I placed a timing constraint on a path, but the constraint has errors. What can I do to make this timing constraint pass?


Suggestions for state machine optimization:
  • Use one-hot encoding for the states.
  • Use a synthesis state machine coding tool, if possible.
  • Reduce the number of input signals and pre-decode the input signals.
  • Register input and output signals.
  • Pre-decode and register counter values.
  • Remove data flow from the state machine and create control signals to control data flow.
  • Duplicate state to where many states transition, and reduce the number of states in state equations.
  • Use CASE statements and not IF-ELSE statements.

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AR# 9411
Date 12/15/2012
Status Active
Type General Article
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