MiniBit, our automated approach for optimizing bit-widths of fixed-point designs is based on static analysis via affine arithmetic. We describe methods to minimize both the integer and fraction parts of fixed-point signals with the aim of minimizing circuit area.
Our range analysis technique identifes the number of integer bits required. For precision analysis, we employ a semi-analytical approach with analytical error models in conjunction with adaptive simulated annealing to find the optimum number of fraction bits. Improvements for a given design reduce area and latency by up to 20% and 12% respectively, over optimum uniform fraction bit-widths on a Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGA.
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