Field Programmable Compressor Trees: Acceleration of Multi-Input Addition on FPGAs
Multi-input addition occurs in a variety of arithmetically intensive signal processing applications. The DSP blocks embedded in high-performance FPGAs perform fixed bitwidth parallel multiplication and Multiply-ACcumulate (MAC) operations. In theory, the compressor trees contained within the multipliers could implement multi-input addition: however, they are not exposed to the programmer. To improve FPGA performance for these applications, this article introduces the Field Programmable Compressor Tree (FPCT) as an alternative to the DSP blocks. By providing just a compressor tree, the FPCT can perform multi-input addition along with parallel multiplication and MAC in conjunction with a small amount of FPGA general logic. Furthermore, the user can figure the FPCT to precisely match the bitwidths of the opeands being summed.
Record created on 2011-04-07, modified on 2016-08-09