The Low Level Hardware Description language is an intermediate representation for digital circuit descriptions, together with an accompanying simulator and SystemVerilog/VHDL compiler.
LLHD separates input languages from EDA tools such as simulators, synthesizers, and placers/routers. This makes writing such tools easier, allows for more rich and complex HDLs, and does not require vendors to agree upon the implementation of a language.
LLHD is being developed as part of CIRCT, a larger community effort to establish an open hardware design stack.
The scientific paper on LLHD is available on arXiv:
- F. Schuiki, A. Kurth, T. Grosser, L. Benini (2020). "LLHD: A Multi-level Intermediate Representation for Hardware Description Languages". arXiv:2004.03494 (PDF, Recording at PLDI'20)
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